Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Endorphins, Adrenaline and Worship Music

I heard an interesting radio program on PBS the other day regarding the neuro-science of music. Researchers discovered that when you hear music you enjoy, your brain releases endorphins, causing you to feel good, and have a overall sense of well-being.

If, on the other hand, you hear music you don't like, your brain releases adrenaline, the fight or flight hormone.

This might explain a lot of the conflict that happens in churches over music. It's merely a matter of endorphins vs adrenaline!


  1. That explains why sometimes I feel like I could stay and worship all day and other time I just want to run out ;-)

  2. James W7:03 AM

    True. Worship Wars are not theological but more personal background and taste.

  3. And sometimes I think it's also an "age" thing.
    Additional note about worship: Keeping it simple allows more people to enter in. Some music is more difficult to follow. Some have notes too high for anyone except an opera singer to reach. Sometimes it's hard to find the melody and/or follow the words when I've never heard the song before.

  4. Anonymous11:42 AM

    SING! SING! SING!!!!!

  5. Makes good biochemical sense to me - - -