For many of us, music is an inspiration, a happy occasion, the fun friend who helps us through the day. But what happens in our brains when we hear music? A new infographic created by the University of Florida explains the mysterious process involved whenever we hear our favorite tunes. Once sound enters our ears, music involves more parts of our brains than when we perform any other function. Effects include decreased anxiety and pain, an increase in optimism, and some portion of healing for those who suffer from autism and Alzheimer's.

Shouldn't you be listening now?

The Psychology of Music