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December 8, 2019

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New research supports the idea that music all around the globe shares important commonalities, despite ... read more

'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 ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more
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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 ... read more

The Brain's Favorite Type of Music

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

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

Music Students Do Better in School Than Non-Musical Peers

High school students who take music courses score significantly better on math, science and English exams than their non-musical peers, according to a new ... read more

Upbeat Music Can Sweeten Tough Exercise

New research demonstrates that upbeat music can make a rigorous workout seem less tough. Even for people who are insufficiently ... read more

Beyond Queen's Stomp-Stomp-Clap: Concerts and Computer Science Converge in New Research

New research suggests how to get large numbers of people engaged in participating during a live performance like a concert -- or a lecture -- and channel that energy for a sustained time ... read more

Music Helps to Build the Brains of Very Premature Babies

To help the brains of very premature newborns develop as well as possible despite the stressful environment of intensive care, researchers propose an original solution: music written especially for ... read more

Phase Transitions: The Math Behind the Music

Physics Professor Jesse Berezovsky contends that until now, much of the thinking about math and music has been a top-down approach, applying mathematical ideas to existing musical compositions as a ... read more

Mathematical Framework Explores How the Brain Keeps a Beat

A new mathematical model demonstrates how neurons in the brain could work together to learn and keep a musical ... read more

People 'Hear' Flashes Due to Disinhibited Flow of Signals Around the Brain, Suggests Study

A synaesthesia-like effect in which people 'hear' silent flashes or movement, such as in popular 'noisy GIFs' and memes, could be due to a reduction of inhibition of signals that ... read more

Trained Musicians Perform Better -- At Paying Attention

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 ... read more

Poor Pitch Singing Could Be a Matter of the Tune in Your Head

Sub-vocalization, the silent, preparatory muscle movements of the face and larynx that result when singers run a song through their heads prior to vocalizing, could be nudging them out of tune, ... read more

Music Captivates Listeners and Synchronizes Their Brainwaves

When listeners engage with music, they follow its sounds closely. But what is it about music that keeps the audience engaged? A recent study charts new ground in understanding the neural responses to ... read more

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

How Listening to Music 'Significantly Impairs' Creativity

The popular view that music enhances creativity has been challenged by researchers who say it has the opposite effect. Psychologists investigated the impact of background music on performance by ... 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

Pitch Perfect: Brain Differences Behind a Rare Musical Ability

New research reports features of the brain in musicians with absolute, or perfect, pitch (AP) that likely enable individuals with this rare ability -- shared by Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven -- to ... 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

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