Musical training produces lasting improvements to a cognitive mechanism that helps individuals be more attentive and less likely to be distracted by irrelevant stimuli while performing demanding tasks. Notably, the more years of training musicians have, the more efficient they are at controlling their attention.
Findings suggest that the relationship between music and task performance is not ‘one-size-fits-all’. In other words, music does not appear to impair or benefit performance equally for everyone.
Researchers found that musicians and people who are bilingual utilized fewer brain resources when completing a working memory task.
As Napoleon ranged across Europe, it became difficult for Beethoven to regard him with anything but contempt. No friend to liberty or to order, he was now little more than a conqueror.
Playing a musical instrument throughout life improves the connection between the hearing area and the motor zone.
Happy memories spring to mind much faster than sad, scary or peaceful ones. Moreover, if you listen to happy or peaceful music, you recall positive memories, whereas if you listen to emotionally scary or sad music, you recall largely negative memories from your past.
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Even a non-pharmacological intervention such as music, might regulate mood and emotional responses at both the behavioral and neuronal level.
Molecular melodies can reveal information about proteins in technique developed by composer and chemical biologist.
Musical ability in birds may have been a precursor to the evolution of the many dimensions of musical ability in humans. Science and music may have different criteria for truth, but sometimes their insights need to be put together to make sense of the beautiful performances we find in nature.
Dance and music training have even stronger effects on the brain than previously understood -- but in markedly different ways.
Ominous background music could hinder shark conservation efforts.
Study suggests that preferences for consonance over dissonance depend on exposure to Western musical culture, and that the preference is not innate.
When we listen to music, we tend to mentally simulate the body movements that we believe have gone into producing the sound. Thus, our experience of a sound entails a mental image of a body motion.
Listening to sad music leads to feelings of pleasure related to enjoyment of the music in some people, or feelings of comfort where sad music evokes memories in others. Many people also report painful experiences associated with listening to sad music
The music of Mozart and Strauss is able to lower blood lipid concentrations and the heart rate. This is the result of a study of the effect of different musical genres on the cardiovascular system.
The sense of rhythm – also known as the beat – is so fundamental to humans that we recognise patterns in music even without paying any attention or receiving any training.
Emotional impact experienced by music listeners depends on the concert hall’s acoustics.
Group coordination is optimized between people with similar movement rates
New terms and conditions popping up on Spotify users screens give the music-streaming company sweeping new rights.