Musically gifted brain
Just as short-term training increases the number of neurons that respond to sound, long-term training enhances nerve cell responses and even causes physical changes in the brain. The brain reactions…

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Sounds that are not
We listen to a cassette of spiritual music - Tibetan monks or Gregorian singing. If you listen carefully, you can hear how the voices merge, forming one pulsating tone. This…

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History of music
Often, there is no direct evidence necessary for accurate coverage of the story and this task is not simple. What is known about the history of music? Aesthetics of music…

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Daniel Levitin – neuroscientist and musician

Daniel Levitin worked with Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison and Santana and knows a lot about music, except for one thing – where does it come from.

In the early morning, students slowly fill out one of the classrooms at New York University, where a lecture on music perception will take place. Two girls came first – one with black painted nails, the other in hooligan vintage high-heeled boots.

Behind them is a young man with turquoise hair. It is easy to imagine how they would react to Professor Daniel Levitin, a 40-year-old lecturer, with a mobile phone on his wrist dressed in black jeans and a tie with a crazy pattern – what is it, the fiber of wood? Or bacteria unrealistically magnified by a microscope?

Levitin’s lecture, based on his new book, “This is Your Brain on Music,” begins with a tortured metaphor: something about lakes, boats, and a cork popping out of a bottle. So the neuroscientist is trying to explain to students the amazing sensitivity of the eardrum – “just a pair of skin flaps tightly stretched over the bone and oscillating back and forth.” Continue reading

Mozart effect
Listening to Mozart's music enhances our brain activity. After listening to Mozart, people who answer the standard IQ test demonstrate an increase in intelligence. This phenomenon, discovered by some scholars,…

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The influence of the tempo-rhythmic structure of music on the psychophysiological state of a person
Musical culture in its deepest meaning has long gone beyond the circle of music lovers in the modern world. The widespread use of music in order to influence the state…

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When a rumor appears
At the beginning of his career, Tomatis claimed that the fetus, being in the womb, hears and listens to her voice. Scientific research has confirmed this idea, which at the…

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Enhancing cathartic experiences with music
Just one look at a person who has in his memory a difficult experience, actualized in the present, in order to determine the presence of this experience. Usually, a person…

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