Specific parts of our brains are dedicated to music, according to a groundbreaking M.I.T study conducted by Nancy Kanwisher, Josh H. McDermott and Sam Norman-Haignere. The question at the base of the study asked, "What are the salient categories of the human auditory system?" They concluded that parts in the brain that activate for music, don't activate for other sounds, like human speech.

The trio gathered 165 distinct sounds and 10 volunteers and after listening to the soundbytes multiple times, data showed that there are six different ways the brain categorizes noise. Four of those categories were linked to things like pitch and frequency, the fifth to speech and the final category responded to music.