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BBC Future column: earworms

BBC Future column: earworms | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

“Earworms”, some people call them. Songs that get stuck in your head and go round and round, sometimes for days, sometimes for months. For no apparent reason you cannot help yourself from humming or singing a tune by Lady Gaga or Coldplay, or horror upon horrors, the latest American Idol reject.

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The Power of Music to Unlock Memories

The Power of Music to Unlock Memories | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Alive Inside investigates these questions and the power music has to awaken deeply locked memories. The film follows Dan Cohen, a social worker, who decides on a whim to bring iPods to a nursing home.

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Music training has biological impact on aging process

Music training has biological impact on aging process | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training, according to a new study from Northwestern University.
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Playing music alters the processing of multiple sensory stimuli in the brain

Playing music alters the processing of multiple sensory stimuli in the brain | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Over the years pianists develop a particularly acute sense of the temporal correlation between the movements of the piano keys and the sound of the notes played.
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BPS Research Digest: Wine tastes like the music you're listening to

BPS Research Digest: Wine tastes like the music you're listening to | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

In a new study, Adrian North has shown that when people drink wine to the accompaniment of music, they perceive the wine to have taste characteristics that reflect the nature of that concurrent music.

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Leigh William Dryden's curator insight, December 21, 2012 3:49 PM

Now why does this not suprise me as like all things sound will influnce our mood and I am sure ultimatley our tastes.

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What's new in neuroscience and music?

What's new in neuroscience and music? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Two opening workshops, three large and vibrant poster sessions, and nine invited symposia introduced a diverse range of recent research findings and discussed current research directions.

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Sad Music Can Bring On Real Sadness

Sad Music Can Bring On Real Sadness | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

A unique study by Finnish researchers shows that listening to sad music can cause genuine sadness in listeners, and that people's personalities have an important effect on the emotional responses to sad music.

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How Listening to Music Soothes Pain and Anxiety

How Listening to Music Soothes Pain and Anxiety | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

With music so central to the human emotional condition, a new study showing how song can soothe anxiety and even reduce pain should come as little surprise.

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How listening to an iPod shrinks your sense of personal space

How listening to an iPod shrinks your sense of personal space | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Positive music played over headphones (but not speakers) had the effect of shrinking the participants' sense of personal space

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Musical aptitude relates to reading ability

Musical aptitude relates to reading ability | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Auditory working memory and attention, for example the ability to hear and then remember instructions while completing a task, are a necessary part of musical ability. But musical ability is also related to verbal memory and literacy in childhood.
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