Music and the Brain

Melody, harmony, timbre, rhythm, and lyrics are perceived as a movement, as meaning, and as emotion in the brain. The unique power of music to harness nature, culture and mind play out in the interaction of music and the brain. Some consider vision the major sense, the way our view of the world is most organized. But, this view overlooks the unique characteristics of sound. The hearing may be the most important sense. Sound is uniquely affected by the environment, not just what can be seen, but around and behind objects, and at great distances. In life, buildings, spaces, acoustic properties, roads, objects very far away and all aspects of the environment determine what we hear. There is never silence, but just different kinds of background noise. In fact, listening to the silence or quiet sounds of nature has very positive effects on health, a form of sensory fasting.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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