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How “scientific” is music?

As taken from the December issue of Ionic Magazine:

“In a society where talent shows dominate our TV programmes and we secretly cannot wait for our weekly X factor fix, it is surprising how little we actually know about the science of music. While we’re swinging that leg over the dance floor and belting out to our favourite tune on the karaoke machine, neuroscience is probably the last thing that pops into our minds. But in fact, even humming a melody involves a range of complex cognitive processes, ranging from processing the music and sensory motoric functions such as dancing or balancing to memory storage and retrieval. 

Once belittled as “auditory cheesecake”, the neuroscience of music is a relatively young field that aims at understanding cognitive brain functions and processing, in particular speech, and is gaining increasing attention by scientists. 

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And as such, we are now beginning to understand how music is processed in the brain, and whether it is similar to language processing. It was once thought that the left-brain hemisphere is responsible for language processing, while the right hemisphere is responsible for music processing…”

Read the magazine.

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