Thursday, June 2, 2011

'The Power Of Music' To Affect The Brain : NPR

'The Power Of Music' To Affect The Brain : NPR: "

At some point almost everybody's touched by music: the goose bumps from a haunting score in a horror film, the catchy tune that gets you up and dancing. Now new research and new technology lets us see what's actually going on in the brain at those moments.

In her new book, Elena Mannes tackles a number of fascinating questions. Why does music have such power over our emotions? Why is it universal across all cultures? Does music provide some evolutionary advantage? Is music uniquely human, or do we share it with other animals? Is it hardwired? Did it come before language? And can music make us happier, smarter and healthier?"

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