Category Archives: Music

Brain connectivity reflects human aesthetic responses to Music

Researchers report on why some people experience more intense emotions while listening to music. Humans uniquely appreciate aesthetics, experiencing pleasurable responses to complex stimuli that confer no clear intrinsic value for survival. However, substantial variability exists in the frequency and … Continue reading

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Exploring the Musical Mind: Cognition, Emotion, Ability, Function

In the 20 years since the publication of John Sloboda’s landmark volume The Musical Mind, music psychology has developed as a vibrant area of research – exerting influence on areas as diverse as music education and cognitive neuroscience. This new … Continue reading

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Music improves Baby brain responses to music and speech

New research shows that play sessions with music improved babies’ brain processing of both music and new speech sounds. Engaging musical experiences can help babies develop cognitive skills. Rock your baby in sync with music and you may wonder how the experience … Continue reading

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Music has powerful (and visible) effects on the Brain

It doesn’t matter if it’s Bach, the Beatles, Brad Paisley or Bruno Mars. Your favorite music likely triggers a similar type of activity in your brain as other people’s favorites do in theirs, new research has found. That’s one of … Continue reading

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The Encephalophone: Creating Music with the Brain

The encephalophone is based on brain-computer interfaces using an old method, called electroencephalography, which measures electrical signals in the brain. The instrument collects brain signals through a cap that transforms specific signals into musical notes. The invention is coupled with a synthesizer, … Continue reading

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Learning with Music can change Brain structure

Listening to music while learning a new physical skill can help increase connectivity in the white matter tract linking auditory and motor regions of the brain, new study reports. Using musical cues to learn a physical task significantly develops an important … Continue reading

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The Future of Musical Emotions

Basic Emotion Theory proper (BET) has only recently begun to make an appearance in musical research.  However, much theory and research in music psychology have been driven by a more general assumption that musical emotions should be investigated in terms … Continue reading

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Brain and Music Program

Music Education and Brain Development Over the past two decades, music training has been associated with better than average language and mathematical skills and higher IQ, while differences between musicians and nonmusicians have been found in brain areas related to … Continue reading

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Music as the Brain’s Universal Language

What are some of the biggest challenges of studying musical creativity from a neuroscience perspective? It’s not just music—artistic creativity in general is one of the toughest topics to study because it’s an elusive thing. Creativity is made up of … Continue reading

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The Neuroscience of Music, Behavior, and Staying Sane in the Age of Twitter

Neuroscientist and author of This Is Your Brain On Music Daniel Levitin talks about information overload. When it comes to music and the human brain, Daniel Levitin’s expertise is hard to top. The musician, professor, and neuroscientist quite literally wrote … Continue reading

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