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Aldous Huxley on the Transcendent Power of Music and Why It Sings to Our Souls

“Without music, life would be a mistake,” Nietzsche proclaimed in 1889. But although a great many beloved writers have extolled the power of music with varying degrees of Nietzsche’s bombast, no one has captured its singular enchantment more beautifully than … Continue reading

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Music Lessons Improve Children’s Cognitive Skills and Academic Performance

According to a new Frontiers in Neuroscience study, children who participate in structured music lessons showed enhancements in cognitive abilities over their peers who did not receive music lessons. The researchers note the improvements in short-term memory, language-based reasoning and … Continue reading

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Music Lessons Were the Best Thing Your Parents Ever Did for You, According to Science

If your parents ever submitted you to regular music lessons as a kid, you probably got in a fight with them once or twice about it. Maybe you didn’t want to go; maybe you didn’t like practicing. But we have … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Emotional Communication: From Sounds in Nonhuman Mammals to Speech and Music in Man

Emotions are integral decision mechanisms in the brain of humans and animals. They are universal in mammals, originally evolved for governing fitness-relevant behavioral and physiological responses towards a particular stimulus or situation. Emotional brain assessment mechanisms are dependent on motivation and vary according … Continue reading

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