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Musical pleasure and musical emotions

In a pharmacological study published in PNAS, Ferreri et al. (1) present evidence that enhancing or inhibiting dopamine signaling using levodopa or risperidone modulates the pleasure experienced while listening to music. This result is the latest development in an already … Continue reading

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Music in history: overcoming historians’ reluctance to tackle Music as a source

Despite their enthusiasm for borrowing from other fields and incorporating new types of source material, many historians remain reluctant to analyze music. For example, when the American Historical Association dedicated its 2015 Annual Meeting to “History and Other Disciplines,” organizers … Continue reading

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Mu­sic and nat­ive language in­ter­act in the brain

The brain’s auditory system can be shaped by exposure to different auditory environments, such as native language and musical training, A recent doctoral study by Caitlin Dawson from the University of Helsinki focuses on interacting effects of native language patterns … Continue reading

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Mu­sic play­school en­hances chil­dren’s lin­guistic skills

According to the research conducted at the University of Helsinki, weekly music playschool significantly improved the development of children’s vocabulary skills. Several studies have suggested that intensive musical training enhances children’s linguistic skills. Such training, however, is not available to all … Continue reading

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Memories of music cannot be lost to Alzheimer’s and dementia

Some music inspires you to move your feet, some inspire you to get out there and change the world. In any case, and to move hurriedly on to the point of this article, it’s fair to say that music moves … Continue reading

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To Accelerate Brain Development In Children, Teach Them Music

Alternative and complementary treatments such as creative art, meditation, and yoga have been proposed to bridge many gaps that conventional medicine cannot. But music, because of its ubiquity in our society as well as its ease of transmission, has perhaps … Continue reading

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On the Relationship among Prehistoric Cave Paintings, Symbolic Thinking, and the Emergence of Language

Understanding how early humans developed their capacities of expression which led to the emergence of the language which sets us apart from other species was the topic of an article published in the Frontiers in Psychology. Led by researcher Shigeru … Continue reading

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