Category Archives: brain research

Mapping the brain

Ted posted a relatively new talk today about a project to create a detailed map of the brain.  To quote the Ted website, In this visually stunning talk, Allan Jones shows how his team is mapping which genes are turned … Continue reading

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Daniel Levitin at the Library of Congress

In this short talk Daniel Levitin discusses the origins of music, parts of the brain that process music, and the relationship between music and movement. It’s an accessible and enjoyable introduction to Levitin’s book The World in Six Songs. See … Continue reading

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Musical Cognition: A Science of Listening by Henkjan Honing

While there are several great books on music cognition out there (perhaps most notably those by Daniel Levitin), there have been few I’ve enjoyed as much as Honing’s new book. Not only does the author cover some potentially dry material … Continue reading

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Functional and Dysfunctional Brain Circuits Underlying Emotional Processing of Music in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Authors:  Andrea Caria,  Paola Venuti and Simona de Falco Publication:  Cerebral Cortex Publication volume & date:  first published online April 28, 2011 Link: http://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/04/28/cercor.bhr084 Abridged Abstract:  …Little is known about individuals with ASD’s ability to sense emotions conveyed by nonsocial … Continue reading

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A role for the right superior temporal sulcus in categorical perception of musical chords

Authors:  Mike E. Klein & Robert J. Zatorre Publication: Neuropsychologia Publication volume & date: Available online 12 January 2011 DOI: doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.01.00 Abridged Abstract:  “Categorical perception (CP) is a mechanism whereby non-identical stimuli that have the same underlying meaning become invariantly … Continue reading

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Interview with Robert Zatorre

Here’s an interesting interview with Robert Zatorre, talking about the research reported in Anatomically distinct dopamine release during anticipation and experience of  peak emotion in music.

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Tonal Expectations Influence Early Pitch Processing

Authors: Frédéric Marmel, Fabien Perrin, and Barbara Tillmann Publication: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience Publication volume & date: Posted Online January 25, 2011. DOI: 10.1162/jocn.2011.21632 Link: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/jocn.2011.21632 Abridged Summary: This study “investigated the ERP correlates of the influence of tonal expectations … Continue reading

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