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Chills and thrills: why some people love music – and others don't

Chills and thrills: why some people love music – and others don't | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Think of your favourite piece of music. Do you get shivers when the music swells or the chorus kicks in? Or are the opening few bars enough to make you feel tingly? Despite having no obvious survival value…
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A very interesting article about a group of people that actually don't enjoy music - they don't feel the same sensations about music as most other people.  The author calls them 'music anhedonics'.

I include this article not so much because of this but because of the number of videos included which are designed to evoke particular emotions in people.

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How Music Hijacks Our Perception of Time - Issue 9: Time - Nautilus

How Music Hijacks Our Perception of Time - Issue 9: Time - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
One evening, some 40 years ago, I got lost in time. I was at a performance of Schubert’s String Quintet in C major. During the second…
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You can lose yourself in music...well, d'uh!

Great article on how  music can disturb our perception of time.

Long read but well worth it.

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Demonstrations of Auditory Illusions

Really for serious musicians only.

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Music special: Five great auditory illusions - life - 24 February 2008 - New Scientist

Music special: Five great auditory illusions - life - 24 February 2008 - New Scientist | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Auditory illusions can help us understand the workings of the brains - listen to five of the most striking examples...
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Phantom Melodies Yield Real Clues to Brain’s Workings

Phantom Melodies Yield Real Clues to Brain’s Workings | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Studying the brain of a woman who hallucinates piano melodies may help researchers understand how the mind make sense of the world.
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This is something I haven't heard off - music hallucinations. The music is quite vivid but heard in the head of the sufferer.  It can be damped down whilst listening to other music. This is the basis of this study.

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CogFit-Quest's curator insight, February 20, 7:48 PM

Fascinating!

Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, February 20, 10:46 PM

A fascinating article for sure!

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Won't get fooled again: Drummers use their hands to create musical illusions

Won't get fooled again: Drummers use their hands to create musical illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
John Bonham. Keith Moon. Buddy Rich. The best drummers in modern music history had it all – groundbreaking technique, lightning speed and an unmistakable panache when it came to performing.
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Strange auditory illusion. The sound produced by the musician is not the same sound that the audience hears...what????

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Audio Pareidolia

Audio Pareidolia | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Pareidolia isn't just for Cheney's sun glasses or virgin mary sightings . It isn't even just for visuals, it happens with audio stuff too. See (and hear) this for an amusing example. Warning: adult themes!

(Definition: Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse - Source: Wikipedia.)

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