Study Reveals Universal Brain Response to Music

A study reveals a universal response to music.  At Stanford University, seventeen subjects with no formal music training listened to music by late-baroque composer William Boyce while lying inside fMRI machines.  “the researchers noted a ‘highly distinctive and distributed set of brain regions’ that was synchronized between each them. In the music from which some of the elements that make it musical were removed, on the other hand, brain activity was markedly different from subject to subject.”  I’m not exactly sure what it means (or why they listened to William Boyce instead of a more highly regarded composer), but it certainly shows that we perceive music differently than sound alone.  I would like to see if this works for John Cage’s music, though…

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