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April 26, 2017

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April 26, 2017

Has Music Streaming Killed the Instrumental Intro?

Apr. 4, 2017 — Remember those drawn-out, dramatic intros into the pop power ballads of the 80s? They’re all but gone in today’s chart toppers, according to new research, and listeners’ short attention spans ... read more

Play an Instrument? You Probably React Faster, Too

Jan. 10, 2017 — Researchers find that musicians have faster reaction times than non-musicians -- and that could have implications for the ... read more

Dec. 12, 2016 — Mozart may enhance a man's performance in board games - while AC/DC may hinder their chances, according to new ... read more

What Makes a Neuron a Neuron?

Dec. 6, 2016 — Two sibling RNA-binding proteins (PTBP1 and PTBP2) serve both redundant and unique functions in the developing brain when neural stem cells are changed into neurons, providing insight into how ... read more

What Makes Bach Sound Like Bach? New Dataset Teaches Algorithms Classical Music

Nov. 30, 2016 — MusicNet is the first publicly available large-scale classical music dataset designed to allow machine learning algorithms to tackle a wide range of open challenges -- from automated music ... read more

How Do Musician's Brains Work While Playing?

Nov. 30, 2016 — Musical styles and strengths vary dramatically: Some musicians are better at sight reading music, while others are better at playing by ear. Does this mean that their brains are processing ... read more

Nov. 21, 2016 — Taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children and may be useful in treating autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a new ... read more

Nov. 17, 2016 — A new study explains the brain mechanisms associated with the lack of sensitivity to music. The study gives clues about the importance of music at an evolutionary level based on the connection ... read more

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Nov. 3, 2016 — Anybody who's taken a teen to shop at Abercrombie & Fitch or Hollister is well aware of the scents and songs piped in to create an environment conducive to consumption and to help define ... read more

Nov. 3, 2016 — If you've found yourself singing along to Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" hours after you switched the radio off, you are not alone. Certain songs do tend to stick in our heads more ... read more

Music Therapy Reduces Depression in Children, Adolescents, Research Finds

Nov. 3, 2016 — Music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems, researchers have ... read more

Scientists Can Listen to Proteins by Turning Data Into Music

Oct. 20, 2016 — Transforming data about the structure of proteins into melodies gives scientists a completely new way of analyzing the molecules that could reveal new insights into how they work -- by listening to ... read more

How Neuroscience Can Benefit the Learning and Performance of Music

Oct. 14, 2016 — Understanding the factors that impact on brain development and brain function in musicians can empower music teachers to unlock each learner’s full potential, a new study ... read more

The Mathematics of Music History

Oct. 6, 2016 — Experts have analyzed thousands of musical themes composed by French, Italian, and Austro-German composers living in 1600-1950. During these years, rhythmic variability in French music was initially ... read more

Oct. 5, 2016 — Dance and music training have even stronger effects on the brain than previously understood -- but in markedly different ways, say ... read more

Sep. 12, 2016 — During a two-year clinical trial on music therapy during breast biopsy procedures, the authors of this study gained information on potential benefits, challenges and methods of facilitating a ... read more

Aug. 23, 2016 — Music can have important effects on the cooperative spirits of those exposed to music, researchers report. A new article describes two studies they conducted to test the effect of different types of ... read more

Music Demonstrated to Alleviate Cancer Patients' Symptoms

Aug. 17, 2016 — A review looking at studies on the effect music interventions have on the treatment of cancer patients found treatment benefits for anxiety, pain, fatigue and overall quality of ... read more

Aug. 4, 2016 — In a new study, researchers found that the background music in shark documentaries affects viewers' perceptions of sharks. The researchers suggest that ominous background music could hinder ... read more

July 13, 2016 — Musical tastes are cultural, not hardwired in the brain, new research suggests. In a study of a remote Amazonian tribe called the Tsimane, whose members have little or no exposure to Western music, ... read more

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