People who are more accurate at reading another person's emotions are better able to understand what a musician is trying to convey through their compositions. Additionally, those with higher empathetic accuracy are better able to feel the emotions conveyed through music.
New research explores the different ways in which the brain distinguishes between music and speech.
Musical training influences visual working memory, researchers discovered. The study found regions of the brain may share a common component that influences both visual and musical working memory.
The human ability to recognize patterns in pitch and tempo may emerge from pre-existing abilities in other species.
Listening to music helps improve mood and decreases anxiety, regardless of the genre. Researchers found listening to music elicits similar autonomic nervous system activation patterns people experience as a result of exercise. Findings reveal clinically significant improvements in well-being and health-related quality of life associated with music engagement.
For some people, listening to "aversive" music can trigger aggressive behaviors and primitive fight-or-flight responses, a new study reports.
A new computer interface allowed participants to convey their emotions through music by changing elements of the musical tune.
Learning a new language or playing a musical instrument has a positive impact on cognitive function in the aging brain, researchers report.