music
Rhythm Arises from Random Beats in a “Telephone” Game
Rhythm Arises from Random Beats in a “Telephone” Game
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2017
An experiment in which people pass each other initially nonrhythmic drumming sequences reveals the human affinity for musical patterns.
Neural Activity Reflects a Bird’s Perception of How Well It Sings
Neural Activity Reflects a Bird’s Perception of How Well It Sings
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2017
Zebra finches dial down dopamine signaling when they hear errors in a song performance.
Understanding the Connection Between Synesthesia and Absolute Pitch
Understanding the Connection Between Synesthesia and Absolute Pitch
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2017
Researchers investigate the unusual association of musical sounds with tastes or colors through the lens of another perceptual quirk.
Musical Tastes: Nature or Nurture?
Musical Tastes: Nature or Nurture?
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2017
Studies of remote Amazonian villages reveal how culture influences our musical preferences.
Notable Science Quotes
Notable Science Quotes
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2017
Music, the future of American science, and more
Understanding Music Heard Through Cochlear Implants
Understanding Music Heard Through Cochlear Implants
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2017
Music sounds very different to cochlear implant users. Researchers are trying to improve the experience.
Music Tailored to Animals’ Tastes
Music Tailored to Animals’ Tastes
Kerry Grens | Mar 1, 2017
The evidence is equivocal on whether animals dig human songs, so scientists set out to make music that mimics their soundscapes.
Understanding the Roots of Human Musicality
Understanding the Roots of Human Musicality
Catherine Offord | Mar 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.
Song Around the Animal Kingdom
Song Around the Animal Kingdom
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2017
Diverse species are said to sing, but music is in the ear of the beholder.
Exploring the Mechanisms of Music Therapy
Exploring the Mechanisms of Music Therapy
Elizabeth Stegemöller | Mar 1, 2017
The principles of neuroplasticity may underlie the positive effects of music therapy in treating a diversity of diseases.