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September 24, 2020

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Keeping the Beat: It's All in Your Brain

How do people coordinate their actions with the sounds they hear? This basic ability, which allows people to cross the street safely while hearing oncoming traffic, dance to new music or perform team ...

Music Training May Not Make Children Smarter After All

Music training does not have a positive impact on children's cognitive skills, such as memory, and academic achievement, such as maths, reading or writing, according to a study published in Memory & ...

Where in the Brain Does Creativity Come From? Evidence from Jazz Musicians

A new brain-imaging study has studied the brain activity of jazz guitarists during improvisation to show that creativity is, in fact, driven primarily by the right hemisphere in musicians who are ...

Universal Features of Music Around the World

New research supports the idea that music all around the globe shares important commonalities, despite many ...
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Music on the Brain

A new study looks at differences between the brains of Japanese classical musicians, Western classical musicians and nonmusicians. Researchers investigated specific kinds of neural behavior in ...

The Songwriter Is Creative -- The Singer, Not So Much

Country music songwriters must perform a careful dance when they work with famous singers who may be less talented at writing songs but bring the needed star power to attract fans -- and, ...

Smart People May Learn Music Faster

Why do some people learn music more quickly than others? Intelligence could play a role, according to a new study that investigated the early stages of learning to play ...

Enjoyment of Pop Music Classics Linked to Combination of Uncertainty and Surprise

Why is it that people find songs such as James Taylor's 'Country Roads,' UB40's 'Red, Red Wine,' or The Beatles' 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' so irresistibly ...

Name That Tune: Brain Takes Just 100 to 300 Milliseconds to Recognize Familiar Music

The human brain can recognize a familiar song within 100 to 300 milliseconds, highlighting the deep hold favorite tunes have on our ...

The Brain's Favorite Type of Music

People prefer songs with only a moderate amount of uncertainty and unpredictability, according to new ...

'Personalized DJ' Music Playlist Algorithm Matches Songs to Listeners' Changing Moods

Imagine having a disc jockey inside your computer who matches the music played to your current frame of mind. According to new research, machine learning can approximate that experience creating ...

Music Is Essential for the Transmission of Ethnobiological Knowledge

Songs are a storehouse for ethnobiological knowledge and a means to construct, maintain and mobilize peoples' relations with their local ...

Perception of Musical Pitch Varies Across Cultures

Unlike US residents, people in a remote area of the Bolivian rain forest usually do not perceive the similarities between two versions of the same note played at different registers, an octave apart. ...

People Can See Beauty in Complex Mathematics

Ordinary people see beauty in complex mathematical arguments in the same way they can appreciate a beautiful landscape painting or a piano ...

Music-Based Biofeedback Shows Promise in Improving Deadlift Technique

A study of 31 recreational weightlifters suggests that a real-time, music-based feedback system helps improve deadlift ...

Wiggling It Beats a Path for a Better Performance at School

Early childhood researchers have developed a fun rhythm and movement program to support young children's ...

AI Tool Characterizes a Song's Genre and Provides Insights Regarding Perception Music

An artificial intelligence tool can characterize a song's genre and provides increased understanding how we perceive and process music. Applications include how music content is marketed, ...

Positive Effect of Music and Dance on Dementia Proven by New Zealand Study

A pilot study has shown the powerful influence music and dance can have on older adults with ...

Brains Work in Sync During Music Therapy

For the first time researchers have been able to demonstrate that the brains of a patient and therapist become synchronized during a music therapy session, a breakthrough that could improve future ...

Music Can Be a Viable Alternative to Medications in Reducing Anxiety Before Anesthesia

Music is a viable alternative to sedative medications in reducing patient anxiety prior to a peripheral nerve block procedure, according to a new study. Patients commonly take sedative medications, ...

Storing Data in Music

Researchers have developed a technique for embedding data in music and transmitting it to a smartphone. Since the data is imperceptible to the human ear, it doesn't affect listening pleasure. ...

Brain Structure Determines Individual Differences Regarding Music Sensitivity

The white matter structure in the brain reflects music sensitivity, according to a new ...

Music Develops the Spoken Language of the Hearing-Impaired

Researchers have compiled guidelines for international use for utilizing music to support the development of spoken language. The guidelines are suitable for the parents of children with hearing ...

Translating Proteins Into Music, and Back

In a surprising marriage of science and art, researchers have developed a system for converting the molecular structures of proteins, the basic building blocks of all living beings, into audible ...

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