Four articles from June 2011

  • Shadows of music-language interaction on low frequency brain oscillatory patterns. by Elisa Carrus, Stefan Koelsch, Joydeep Bhattacharya Brain and language (16 June 2011)  “The current study investigated the patterns of brain oscillations during simultaneous processing of music and language using visually presented sentences and auditorily presented chord sequences.”
  • The effects of tempo and familiarity on children’s affective interpretation of music. Jasmine Mote Emotion Vol. 11, No. 3. (June 2011), pp. 618-622. “When and how does one learn to associate emotion with music? This study attempted to address this issue by examining whether preschool children use tempo as a cue in determining whether a song is happy or sad.”
  • Emotional foundations of music as a non-pharmacological pain management tool in modern medicine. Guenther Bernatzky, Michaela Presch, Mary Anderson, Jaak Panksepp Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews (16 June 2011) “This paper reviews the use of music as an adjuvant to the control of pain, especially in medical procedures.”
  • Mind as music. Dan Lloyd Frontiers in psychology, Vol. 2 (2011) “Based on an analysis of 99 subjects in three different fMRI protocols, in comparison with 194 musical examples and 700 language passages, it is observed that fMRI activity is more similar to music than it is to language, as measured over single symbols, as well as symbol combinations in pairs and triples. Tools from cognitive musicology may therefore be useful in characterizing the brain as a dynamical system.”
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