Category Archives: Music

Emotion and Music

Emotion regulation is the ability to manage and respond to an emotional experience effectively. It typically involves a choice of emotions, when to have them, and how to express them. For example, if the regulation goal is to reduce a … Continue reading

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Neuroscience Reveals Why Favorite Songs Make Us Feel So Good

Music reward sensitivity relies on fronto-striatal circuits, McGill study finds. A new study by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University in Canada reveals that it’s possible to increase or decrease someone’s enjoyment of music by … Continue reading

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The Connection Between Music and Sociability

New research uncovers links between enjoyment of music and social interaction. Taste in music varies considerably, but whatever people enjoy listening to, they often report an emotional response that has a touch of the physical to it. Maybe you feel … Continue reading

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The Neurobiology of Music-Induced Pleasure

Neuroscientists have pinpointed neural correlates associated with enjoying music. A pioneering new study by an international team of neuroscientists has identified a specific functional connectivity network between brain regions that is directly associated with the degree of pleasure someone experiences … Continue reading

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Music, Emotion, and Well-Being – How does music affect the way we think, feel, and behave?

One of the most important issues in the psychology of music is how music affects emotional experience (Juslin, 2019). Music has the ability to evoke powerful emotional responses such as chills and thrills in listeners. Positive emotions dominate musical experiences. … Continue reading

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The origins of Language and the evolution of Music: A comparative perspective

According to Darwin [Darwin, CR. The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. London: John Murray; 1871], the human musical faculty ‘must be ranked amongst the most mysterious with which he is endowed’. Music is a human cultural … Continue reading

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Listening to Music Help Your Child with Language Development and Reading Comprehension

As an adult, you probably have preferences when it comes to listening to music while doing something that requires a lot of attention: studying for a test, for example, or reading a book. But what may be simple background noise … Continue reading

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Music and Social Movements

In academic discussions, social movements and music have rarely been conceptualized together, while in actual practice the two have always been linked. Music has been important to social movements as an organizing tool: drawing individuals to participate in movement‐related activities, … Continue reading

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On the biological origins and social evolution of music and dance

The origins of music and musical emotions is still an enigma, here I propose a comprehensive hypothesis on the origins and evolution of music, dance, and speech from a biological and sociological perspective. I suggest that every pitch interval between … Continue reading

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The relationship between music and language

Traditionally, music and language have been treated as different psychological faculties. This duality is reflected in older theories about the lateralization of speech and music in that speech functions were thought to be localized in the left and music functions … Continue reading

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