Ever wonder why your generation’s music is so good and your kid’s music just plain sucks? Well, as much as we want to tell you that Prince’s “Purple Rain” is 100 times better than Cardi B’s “WAP,” it actually has to do with puberty. Between the ages of 12 and 21, your brain housing group undergoes fast neurological development, and for some reason, the music we listen to during that time gets embedded into our frontal lobes for life. This music will forever trigger memories that send hits of dopamine to stimulate your pleasure circuits. The more connection you had with a song, the more juice your brain gets. This is the neurochemical bliss you experience when that “oldie but goodie” comes on the radio and you are caught at the red light singing “Achy Breaky Heart” like a damned idiot.
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