Music Psychology is a complex subject. Brandishing both sides of the brain, Josh McDermott moved from DJ to neuroscientist with interesting insight. Studying the impact of music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McDermott and his collaborators tested 165 common sounds. However none of these, including everyday birdsong and car blasts niggled more neurons than music.
This has led to a distinctive discovery that humans are host to music-selective neurons. Due to its isolation of specific parts of the brain, this daring data challenges the long-held declaration that our grey matter deals with music and language in the same way.
‘Music is a playground for the auditory system’ says McDermott, stirring an emotional awareness that producers have already realised and made use of.
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