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Singing Through Tone Deafness

By The Scientist Staff | March 17, 2017

Author Tim Falconer didn't take his congenital amusia lying down. With the help of neuroscientists and vocal coaches, he tried to teach himself to sing against all odds.

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Cortical Interneurons Show Layer-Specific Activities

By Ruth Williams | March 2, 2017

Researchers examine the firing patterns of interneurons throughout all layers of the somatosensory cortices of alert mice.  

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 Zebra finches reared by another species learn to sing their foster parents’ song with rhythms characteristic of their genetic background.

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

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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.

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Understanding the Roots of Human Musicality

By Catherine Offord | March 1, 2017

Researchers are using multiple methods to study the origins of humans’ capacity to process and produce music, and there’s no shortage of debate about the results.

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Infographic: Mapping Musicality

By Catherine Offord | March 1, 2017

Huge areas of the brain respond to any sort of auditory stimulus, making it difficult for scientists to nail down regions that are important for music processing.

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Infographic: Taking Note of Singing Errors

By Catherine Offord | March 1, 2017

Birds' brains respond to distorted songs with changes in dopamine signaling.

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Meeting BRAMS

By The Scientist Staff | March 1, 2017

Visit the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research, located in Montreal, to see the research seeking to decipher humans’ relationship to music.

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