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The unexpected creates reward when listening to music
The unexpected creates reward when listening to music
The researchers found that reward prediction errors from music correlated with activity in the nucleus accumbens, a brain region that in previous studies has been shown to activate when the subject is experiencing musical pleasure.

Scientists prove difference between expected/actual outcomes cause reward response

If you love it when a musician strikes that unexpected but perfect chord, you are not alone. New research shows the musically unexpected activates the reward centre of our brains, and makes us lea...

The Dementia and Music Project by Chloe Meineck
The Dementia and Music Project by Chloe Meineck

What an amazing project she has come up with. We sure hope it proves to be great treatment/therapy for dementia patients. 

“Although she couldn’t remember who any of her family was anymore, she could still play piano very well — and we would put on a song and she would know all the lyrics and then ta...

It's OK to copy another artist!

It's OK to copy another artist!
It is an excellent starting point when trying to write music in a particular genre. Just like starting with presets in your DAW. But always strive to – tweak, mangle, and mix in your unique style and flavor.

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Training in Musical Improvisation May Teach Your Brain to Think Differently
Training in Musical Improvisation May Teach Your Brain to Think Differently

John Coltrane and Jerry Garcia became improvising legends for their ability to mix musical elements on the fly. How the brain accomplishes such feats of creativity under pressure remains a mystery, though practice is increasingly thought to play a pivotal role.

Now, in a new study in the journal Ps...

Researchers use the “science of sway” to examine how musicians communicate non-verbally during performance
Researchers use the “science of sway” to examine how musicians communicate non-verbally during performance

A team of researchers from McMaster University has discovered a new technique to examine how musicians intuitively coordinate with one another during a performance, silently predicting how each will express the music.

The findings, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, provide new insi...

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...

Listen to things you love and hate

Listen analytically and emotionally to different styles of music and try to identify what you like and what you dislike about the production, song structure, and performance. It can help you better understand music styles and techniques. 

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Music Activates Regions of the Brain Spared by Alzheimer’s Disease
Music Activates Regions of the Brain Spared by Alzheimer’s Disease

Ever get chills listening to a particularly moving piece of music? You can thank the salience network of the brain for that emotional joint. Surprisingly, this region also remains an island of remembrance that is spared from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the University of Utah H...

Put limits on yourself!

Put limits on yourself! Limiting your tools and instruments while composing, or producing surprisingly enough, can help fuel your creativity. It is easy to get distracted or overwhelmed with all the fantastic sounds and tools available in a studio today.

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