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Music Emotion and Evolution

For many, music exists to express emotions. Music stimulates both psychological mood and physiological changes including heart rate and breathing. Music can help anxiety. It drives the body with loud, fast music making people lively and promoting dance. Slow, soft … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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How Does the Brain Perceive Art?

We want to believe that pleasure is simple, that our delight in a fine painting or bottle of wine is due entirely to the thing itself. But that’s not the way reality works. Whenever we experience anything, that experience is … Continue reading

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Learning, Arts and the Brain

In 2004, the Dana Arts and Cognition Consortium brought together cognitive neuroscientists from seven universities across the United States to grapple with the question of why arts training has been associated with higher academic performance. Is it simply that smart … Continue reading

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