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image: John Iversen Explores our Perception of Musical Rhythm

John Iversen Explores our Perception of Musical Rhythm

By Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan | March 1, 2017

At the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, the researcher studies the neurobiology of music perception.

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Music Tailored to Animals’ Tastes

By Kerry Grens | March 1, 2017

The evidence is equivocal on whether animals dig human songs, so scientists set out to make music that mimics their soundscapes.

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Musical Tastes: Nature or Nurture?

By Diana Kwon | March 1, 2017

Studies of remote Amazonian villages reveal how culture influences our musical preferences.

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Zebra finches dial down dopamine signaling when they hear errors in a song performance.


image: Newton’s Color Theory, ca. 1665

Newton’s Color Theory, ca. 1665

By Ashley P. Taylor | March 1, 2017

Newton’s rainbow forms the familiar ROYGBIV because he thought the range of visible colors should be analogous to the seven-note musical scale.

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Notable Science Quotes

By The Scientist Staff | March 1, 2017

Music, the future of American science, and more


An experiment in which people pass each other initially nonrhythmic drumming sequences reveals the human affinity for musical patterns.


image: Singing In the Brain

Singing In the Brain

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 1, 2017

His first love was dance, but Erich Jarvis has long courted another love—understanding how the brain learns vocalization.


Music sounds very different to cochlear implant users. Researchers are trying to improve the experience.


Researchers investigate the unusual association of musical sounds with tastes or colors through the lens of another perceptual quirk.


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