Category Archives: Music

How the Brain Processes Music

Researchers reveal the right homologue of the Broca’s area plays a major role in the processing of music. Vincent Cheung, along with Angela Friederici, has been investigating non-local dependencies in music and trying to determine how the human brain processes … Continue reading

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The psychological functions of music listening

Why do people listen to music? Over the past several decades, scholars have proposed numerous functions that listening to music might fulfill. However, different theoretical approaches, different methods, and different samples have left a heterogeneous picture regarding the number and … Continue reading

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The role of music in Einstein’s thinking

Einstein was the product of a well-rounded education that, importantly, very much included the arts and humanities. It’s little known that Einstein was an accomplished violinist, and even less known that had he not pursued science, he said he would have … Continue reading

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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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