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Listening To Music Lights Up The Whole Brain

From the 6 December 2011 Medical News Today article

Finnish researchers have developed a groundbreaking new method that allows to study how the brain processes different aspects of music, such as rhythm, tonality and timbre (sound color) in a realistic listening situation. The study is pioneering in that it for the first time reveals how wide networks in the brain, including areas responsible for motor actions, emotions, and creativity, are activated during music listening. The new method helps us understand better the complex dynamics of brain networks and the way music affects us….

The researchers found that music listening recruits not only the auditory areas of the brain, but also employs large-scale neural networks. For instance, they discovered that the processing of musical pulse recruits motor areas in the brain, supporting the idea that music and movement are closely intertwined. Limbic areas of the brain, known to be associated with emotions, were found to be involved in rhythm and tonality processing. Processing of timbre was associated with activations in the so-called default mode network, which is assumed to be associated with mind-wandering and creativity.

December 6, 2011 - Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. At last!!! I always knew that all those hours of sitting around listening to vinyl were for more than pure enjoyment ūüėČ

    RE: “Processing of timbre was associated with activations in the so-called default mode network, which is assumed to be associated with mind-wandering and creativity,” ‘spose creativity breeds more creativity. As it should be.

    Comment by toneandquality | December 6, 2011 | Reply


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