(Inside Science) — From a simple, lonely melody to an intricate sonata, sometimes it feels like music can speak directly to your heart, in a language that you don’t know, but your emotions understand.

And that’s because music is a language. The language of emotion. And I mean that literally. Music has structure, progression and syntax — just like language. The brain even processes musical syntax using the same area it uses to process language syntax. Next time you hear someone speaking emotionally, listen to the acoustic characteristics of their voice — they’ll mirror music of the same emotion: fast, loud and high for excitement and happiness, slower and softer for melancholy. read more