AsapSCIENCE analyzes music as humanity’s drug of choice. Listening to music can cause the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, in the same pleasure or reward circuits that cause cocaine addiction.
Do melodies, harmonies and rhythms tap into the same kind of brain reward systems that drive our desires for food, sex and other basic behaviors? What do you think the evolutionary basis behind it could be? Does it predate humans being social or is this a just a random byproduct of our brain wiring?