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May 21, 2019

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A synaesthesia-like effect in which people 'hear' silent flashes or movement, such as in popular 'noisy GIFs' and memes, ... read more

The Unexpected Creates Reward When Listening to Music

If you love it when a musician strikes that unexpected but perfect chord, you are not alone. New research shows the musically unexpected activates the reward centre of our brains, and makes us learn ... read more

We May Hear Others' Footsteps, but How Do We Ignore Our Own?

A team of scientists has uncovered the neural processes mice use to ignore their own footsteps, a discovery that offers new insights into how we learn to speak and play ... read more

How Would the Brain Process Alien Music?

What might alien music sound like? Would it be structured hierarchically as our music is with verses and a chorus? Would we even be able to appreciate it? Researchers think the answer would be yes, ... read more
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A Groove Is Better With Rhythm and Harmony, New Research Shows

New research finds that the sensation that makes people want to move when they listen to music -- the groove -- is more enjoyable with moderate rhythm and harmony ... read more

Streaming Chill Vibes? Spotify Data Says the Season Is the Reason

Our music choices are influenced by season and time of day, and differ by gender, age, and geography, according to a new ... read more

Popular Music Lyrics Become Angrier and Sadder Over Time

A scientific analysis of the sentiment of popular music lyrics from the 1950s to 2016 showed that the expression of anger and sadness in popular music has increased gradually over time, while the ... read more

Dopamine Modulates Reward Experiences Elicited by Music

A new study reveals a causal link between dopamine and human reward response to music listening. Researchers pharmacologically manipulated dopaminergic transmission of 27 participants while listening ... read more

Community Choirs Reduce Loneliness and Increase Interest in Life for Older Adults

An innovative San Francisco program of community choirs for older adults found that singing in a choir reduced loneliness and increased interest in life, but did not improve cognition or physical ... read more

Face the Music: Explicit Anti-Piracy Warnings Are Best Deterrent

STOP! This is illegal. You may be monitored and fined. Did that get your attention? Good. Because according to a new study, this phrasing coupled with a graphic of a computer and download symbol with ... read more

Music Improves Social Communication in Autistic Children

Improved communication skills may be linked to increased connectivity between auditory and motor regions of the brain, researchers ... read more

Clapping Music App Reveals That Changing Rhythm Isn't So Easy

Scientists have developed an app to understand why some rhythms are more difficult to perform than ... read more

Beatboxers' and Guitarists' Brains React Differently to Hearing Music

The brains of professional beatboxers and guitarists respond to music differently when compared to each other and ... read more

Study Helps Children Hit the Right Note in Supporting Autistic Peers

Collaborative music lessons in schools improve the attitudes of pupils towards their peers with ... read more

Listening to Yoga Music at Bedtime Is Good for the Heart

Listening to yoga music at bedtime is good for the heart, according to new ... read more

Reaching for Tissues at the Symphony? It's Probably Solo Time

A new study helps illuminate the ways in which a composer might intentionally impart sadness into the lines of an orchestral piece. Here's a clue: It doesn't take much. The solo player ... read more

Training in Musical Improvisation May Teach Your Brain to Think Differently

Skilled improvisers were better than musicians with limited improvisational experience at distinguishing between chords that can be used interchangeably in a piece of music and those that cannot, a ... read more

How Music Lessons Can Improve Language Skills

Researchers have found that piano lessons have a specific effect on kindergartners' ability to distinguish different pitches, which translates into an improvement in discriminating between ... read more

People Who Deeply Grasp Pain or Happiness of Others, Process Music Differently in Brain

People who deeply grasp the pain or happiness of others also process music differently, say researchers. The study in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience compared MRI scans of low- and high-empathy ... read more

Mu­sic Play­school En­hances Chil­dren's Lin­guistic Skills

Weekly music playschool significantly improved the development of children's vocabulary ... read more

Move Over, 'Laurel or Yanny': Study Looks at Why We Hear Talking as Singing After Many Repetitions

A team has investigated the 'Speech-to-Song Illusion,' where a spoken phrase is repeated and begins to sound as if it were being ... read more

Cheeseburger or Salad? How Music Volume Impacts Your Decision

Ambient music played in restaurants plays a major role in whether you order a healthy or unhealthy ... read more

Michael Jackson's Antigravity Tilt -- Talent, Magic, or a Bit of Both?

Three neurosurgeons set out to examine Michael Jackson's antigravity tilt, introduced in the movie video 'Smooth Criminal,' from a neurosurgeon's point of ... read more

C'mon Get Happy: Upbeat Songs by Female Singers Dominate the Charts, UCI Study Finds

Roll over, Beethoven. Elvis Presley too. Female singers with upbeat dance songs are far more likely to make the bestseller music charts, according to new findings. Yet the number of happy songs has ... read more

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