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Repetition Can Make Sounds Into Music
Repetition Can Make Sounds Into Music

New research from the U of A Music Cognition Lab shows that listeners perceive repeated environmental sounds as music. Pictured: music professor Elizabeth Helmuth Margulis

Water dripping. A shovel scraping across rock. These sounds don’t seem very musical. Yet new research at the Univer...

Dopamine modulates reward experiences elicited by music
Dopamine modulates reward experiences elicited by music

A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), reveals a causal link between dopamine and the reward responses in humans when listening to music. The study was conducted by researchers from the Cognition and Brain Plasticity Group of the University of Barcelona and t...