If you're anything like me, the mere act of reading the words "fingernails" and "chalkboard" in the same sentence makes you cringe.... Read more »
Christoph Reuter, & Michael Oehler. (2011) Psychoacoustics of chalkboard squeaking. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130(4), 2545-2545. info:/
Two recent studies have begun to nudge the science of music cognition away from a predominant understanding.... Read more »
Corianne Rogalsky, Feng Rong, Kourosh Saberi, & Gregory Hickok. (2011) Functional Anatomy of Language and Music Perception: Temporal and Structural Factors Investigated Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The Journal Of Neuroscience. info:/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4515-10.2011
Diana Deutsch, Trevor Henthorn, & Rachael Lapidis. (2011) Illusory Transformation From Speech To Song. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129(4), 2245-2252. info:/
New, laudable research tries to answer, "To what extent do variations in timing and amplitude affect the perception of a performance?" I analyze it for you.... Read more »
Bhatara A, Tirovolas AK, Duan LM, Levy B, & Levitin DJ. (2011) Perception of emotional expression in musical performance. Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance. PMID: 21261418
A moderately unforgiving critique of an interesting theory of music cognition. Are musical preferences based on the brain's enjoyment of auditory compressibility?... Read more »
Nicholas J Hudson. (2011) Musical beauty and information compression: Complex to the ear but simple to the mind?. BioMed Central. info:/10.1186/1756-0500-4-9
An overview and analysis of the recent work linking dopamine to emotional arousal caused by listening to music.... Read more »
Salimpoor, V., Benovoy, M., Larcher, K., Dagher, A., & Zatorre, R. (2011) Anatomically distinct dopamine release during anticipation and experience of peak emotion to music. Nature Neuroscience, 14(2), 257-262. DOI: 10.1038/nn.2726
As a preface to a post about 2011 research by many of the same scientists, this post discusses previous work on music and the emotion that led to the recently published dopamine study.... Read more »
Salimpoor, V., Benovoy, M., Longo, G., Cooperstock, J., & Zatorre, R. (2009) The Rewarding Aspects of Music Listening Are Related to Degree of Emotional Arousal. PLoS ONE, 4(10). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007487
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