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August 29, 2016

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August 29, 2016

Could Sing-a-Long Science Be the Key to Straight A’s?

May 26, 2016 — Does “edutainment” such as content-rich music videos have any place in the rapidly changing landscape of science education?  A new study indicates that students can indeed learn serious science ... read more

Choir Singing Boosts Immune System Activity in Cancer Patients and Carers, Study Shows

Apr. 4, 2016 — Singing in a choir for just one hour boosts levels of immune proteins in people affected by cancer, reduces stress and improves mood, which in turn could have a positive impact on overall health, a ... read more

Aging Is Portrayed as Mainly Negative in Popular Music Lyrics

Mar. 16, 2016 — A recent analysis of popular music reveals that while older age and aging are represented both negatively and positively in music lyrics, negative representations ... read more

Researchers Publish First Empirical Study on Evolution of Musical Aptitude

Mar. 2, 2016 — Geneticists have explored the evolution of musical aptitude in the first-ever empirical study of the evolution of ... read more

Engineering Music to Sound Better With Cochlear Implants

Feb. 25, 2016 — Scientists are trying to reengineer and simplify music to be more enjoyable for listeners with cochlear ... read more

Rap Music, Adolescent Sexual Initiation Mediated by Perceived Peer Behavior, Say Researchers

Feb. 25, 2016 — When middle school youth listen to rap music for three or more hours each day, they are more likely to believe that their peers are having sex and subsequently more likely to initiate sex by ninth ... read more

Composing and Arranging Music Partly Genetically Determined

Feb. 25, 2016 — A new study identifies genome variants and pathways that contribute to composing and arranging in musically trained individuals. The study estimates the inherited proportion as 30% for these ... read more

Visualizing the Emotional Power of Music

Feb. 23, 2016 — Musical styles and genres differ around the world, but the emotional power of music is universally felt. To understand this evocative force, researchers in many fields investigate music's ... read more

Feb. 19, 2016 — According to a new study most people are able to navigate easily by following audio guidance while walking or cycling. The study investigated two different guidance types: route guidance and beacon ... read more

Find a Partner Who Marches to the Beat of Your Own Drum

Feb. 9, 2016 — Everyone marches to the beat of their own drum: From walking to talking to producing music, different people's movements occur at different speeds. But do these differences influence ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Meditation eases anxiety, fatigue and pain for women undergoing breast cancer biopsies, according to researchers. They also found that music is effective, but to a lesser ... read more

Difficult Grammar Affects Music Experience

Feb. 3, 2016 — Reading and listening to music at the same time affects how you hear the ... read more

Streaming Services Are a Blessing and a Curse for the Music Industry

Jan. 18, 2016 — Paid music streaming services can increase revenues for the music industry and lead consumers to spend more money on music overall. Free streaming, in contrast, is less beneficial. These are the ... read more

Improving Musical Synchronization With Mathematical Modeling

Jan. 7, 2016 — Researchers propose a stochastic differential equation model that simulates how musical performers in a large ensemble sustain tempo and phase while responding to a conductor, other musicians, and ... read more

Music-Making for the Deaf

Nov. 18, 2015 — A researcher is exploring new ways to enhance the experience of deaf musicians with new visual and touch techniques. Alongside vibrations, visual indictors will appear on a digital display that ... read more

Brain Scans Illuminate Emotional Response to Sound

Nov. 16, 2015 — Noisy gymnasiums, restaurants where conversations are nearly impossible and concert halls less than perfect for the music are all acoustical problems. Now acoustical engineers are using functional ... read more

Nov. 12, 2015 — When people are listening to music, their emotional reactions to the music are reflected in changes in their pupil size. Researchers now show for the first time that both the emotional content of the ... read more

Orchestra Helps Boost Confidence and Mood for Those With Dementia

Nov. 11, 2015 — A special orchestra for people with dementia has helped boost their confidence and mood, according to a new research project. The orchestra group was set up to create a sense of community among ... read more

Chopin, Bach Used Human Speech ‘cues’ to Express Emotion in Music

Nov. 2, 2015 — Music has long been described, anecdotally, as a universal language. This may not be entirely true, but we're one step closer to understanding why humans are so deeply affected by certain ... read more

Follow Your Heart as You Pursue Your Career

Oct. 29, 2015 — Young people with strong callings are more likely to take risks, persist, and ultimately get jobs in their chosen fields, satisfying both their personal and professional career needs. Researchers ... read more

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