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The neuroscience of music

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Music can have powerful effects on us—regulating moods, improving endurance, and enhancing our movie experiences. How did music develop, considering none of our nearest evolutionary relatives show similar behaviours? How do the origins of music relate to language? These questions and more motivate research into music and the brain, and this talk will discuss current findings in music neuroscience, from the perspective of several different neuroscience methods. Evidence will be presented on links between music and intelligence, the developmental trajectory of musical responses and aptitudes, and how various aspects of music are processed in the brain (the latter with a particular focus on the links between musical rhythm and neural areas responsible for movement). Music interacts with the neural systems involved in emotion, memory, sensorimotor coordination, reward, and language, so there should be a little something for everyone.

This talk is part of the Graduate Programme in Cognitive and Brain Sciences series.

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