Regardless of musical training, a person's brain synchronizes with the rhythm of music, but musicians' brain responses are much stronger and more resistant to distraction.
Using transcranial magnetic stimulation, researchers were able to increase and decrease people's enjoyment of music; and desire to listen to more.
A listener's engagement decreases with repetition of music, but only for familiar music pieces. However, unfamiliar musical styles can sustain an audience's interest, in particular for individuals with some musical training.
Early exposure to language, whether it's vocalized or sign language, assists with normal brain development in children, researchers report.
People prefer to play virtual slot machines that provide casino-related cues, such as the sound of coins dropping or symbols of dollar signs. Cues associated with money and winning makes virtual slot machines more attractive and bigger wins more memorable.
Dopamine drives neuroplasticity in the auditory pallium region of the zebra finch brain, researchers report.
Noise-induced hearing loss and hearing loss due to aging have different effects on sound processing in the brain. Researchers suggest each type of hearing loss should have its own specific treatment.
Researchers report they have successfully translated the structure of a spider's web into music. The new study could provide new avenues for the development of 3D printing technologies and novel musical compositions. The findings also shed light on cross-species communication.
Researchers report the brain re-evaluates the interpretation of speech sounds the moment subsequent sounds are heard in order to update interpretations as necessary.