Category: The Neuroscience of Music

Neuroscience of Music: Physiological correlates and emotional specificity of human piloerection: ScienceDirect

“Piloerection is known as an indicator of strong emotional experiences. However, little is known about the physiological and emotional specificity of this psychophysiological response. In the presented study, piloerection was elicited by audio stimuli taken from music and film episodes. The physiological response accompanying the incidence of piloerection was recorded with respect to electrodermal, cardiovascular…

Neuroscience: Music Chills: The Eye Pupil As A Mirror To Music’s Soul: ScienceDirect

“This study evaluated whether music-induced aesthetic “chill” responses, which typically correspond to peak emotional experiences, can be objectively monitored by degree of pupillary dilation. Participants listened to self-chosen songs versus control songs chosen by other participants. The experiment included an active condition where participants made key presses to indicate when experiencing chills and a passive…

Neuroscience: In Music, The Eyes Matter As Much As The Ears: Telegraph

“…Even classical music enthusiasts know in their heart of hearts that the dress and movements and facial gestures of musicians make a vast impact on the way concert-goers judge their performances. Up to now they’ve been in denial about this, and no-one has disturbed their illusion. But thanks to some research recently undertaken at University…

This Is Your Brain on Music by Elizabeth Landau (CNN)

“Scientists are still trying to figure out what’s going on in our brains when we listen to music and how it produces such potent effects on the psyche… Exactly what chemical processes occur when we put our headphones? Scientists have come across some clues.” Click This is your brain on music – CNN for the…

Groovology 201: The Life Force of Music and Dance | Joy in Motion

“Groove is widely used among musicians to talk about the personal, social, artistic, and even spiritual qualities of music: the way people feel the music in their bodies, the way musicians play in unison, the way music transcends notes and comes to life, and the way music brings people into modified states of being. Although…

Misophonia: Do Certain Sounds Enrage You?

Neurologists May Know Why Excerpt [click HERE for the rest of the story]: If the sound of a co-worker repeatedly clicking his pen can send you into a flaming furor, take heart: You’re not being hypersensitive, and you’re not alone. Neurologists in the UK have spotted physical differences in the brains of people with this…

Psychological Benefits of Rhythm (by Heleniq Argyrou M.A.)

Excerpt from Psychological Benefits of Rhythm by Heleniq Argyrou M.A. “…the drum has been used since time immemorial as a regular part of healing traditions…” (Klower, 1997) Emotional and creative expression: develops and encourages expression of all kinds of experience non-verbally; then enhances creative self-expression; develops creativity. Emotional release: helps us let go of troubled…