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Questions tagged [music]

For questions regarding the sensation or perception of the musical form within the brain, or the creativity involved in writing music.

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Is there evidence that listening to music can aid/hinder concentration or performance?

I, like many computer programmers, love to listen to music while I work. I have always believed that music helps me stay focused and motivated, and improves my performance on many types of tasks, ...
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Is there psychoactive music?

Listen to this music for X minutes to observe Y result. Is there something like that that has been demonstrated to work for general public? The only example of an experiment that is similar that ...
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432 Hz vs. 440 Hz frequencies: health and psychological effects?

Search for “432 Hz” in YouTube and you’ll find plenty of examples where people have applied a pitch shifter to alter music ranging from a Mozart Requiem to Oasis’ Wonderwall. But some claim that ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that music can trigger release of a particular kind of neurotransmitter?

I've recently listened to a podcast, "The music in your brain", in which Dr. Daniel Levitin suggests that: Soothing music can trigger release of oxytocin Sad music triggers release of prolactin An ...
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By which neuronal mechanisms does music make us happy or sad?

There are brain regions (X) that show stronger activation for joyful music, regions (Y) that show stronger activation for sad music, and regions (Z) that show similar activation for both. Assuming ...
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Are there any studies that examine the phenomenon of songs stuck in the head?

Frequently I hear people say (and myself included) "darn it, I can't get that song out of my head!". Are there any studies that examine this phenomenon of songs getting stuck in people's heads? I.e.,...
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Does classical music enhance intelligence in children more than other genres?

This question is based on a previous question I have written on Parenting SE: Does playing classical music for infants and young children make them smarter? Question: Are these claims actually ...
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What causes an inability to recall a melody, beat, or music?

Background: I have never been able to recall melodies to songs. I can play a song over and over again but the moment it stops, I cannot remember what it sounds like. I am referring to the music/beat/...
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Why do people tap their foot to music?

When listening to music, I often see people tap their feet either to the main beat or the dominating rhythm of the music. Why do people do this?
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Does learning (to play) music increase IQ?

In one fairly cited study by E. Glenn Schellenberg (~800 citations in Google Scholar) we find that Compared with children in the control groups, children in the music groups exhibited greater ...
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How are musical hooks defined/studied in psychology?

I know about the common concept of a 'musical hook': a "short riff, passage, or phrase, that is used in popular music to make a song appealing and to 'catch the ear of the listener'." The Wikipedia ...
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Is there any evidence of a relationship between learning music and increased ability in Mathematics?

I've had more than one mathematics teacher say to me that they had heard of a link between music and maths ability. I thought I observed it informally myself, but it was difficult to tell if those ...
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Why does the tempo tend to get faster?

Suppose you're learning to sing or play an instrument, and you'd start playing some piece of music. If you are not experienced enough, the tempo would be unstable, usually getting faster until the end....
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Psychology of timbre processing

Are there any studies concerning the psychological aspects of timbre processing in the brain, e.g. while listening to music? In particular, can any lower-level correlates be discerned when trying to ...
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Are there emotions that motivate pattern completion?

I have been studying musical "tension." Musical tension essentially refers to the "expectations" one builds up in a melody that are then "released" when a stimulus matching the expectation occurs. For ...
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How do songs trigger memories associated with previous experiences of listening to the song?

Background: If I like a particular song, I listen to it while doing other things until I get sick of that song. This creates an extremely strong bond between the two things: the song and the activity. ...
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Phenomenon that causes music to sound like it's being played at a different tempo than remembered?

Something I've noticed now and then is that I'll be listening to a song off my music player and it sounds like it's being played in a tempo faster or slower than I remember the song being. Is this a ...
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Is mapping sound frequencies to the vertical axis universal?

Shrill notes are said to be "high", and rumbles are said to be "low". Humans seem to metaphorically map frequency to the vertical axis, and in the cultures that I know of, high frequency is ...
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How is music preference related to personality traits or particular qualities?

I'm a big music enthusiast myself, and one thing I noticed about myself, and not exactly about other people, is that I don't have any music genre I prefer listening to. For example, I don't mind it ...
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How does appreciation for music change over time for the same person?

I know that there's a concept of acquired taste, where a child may find certain tastes, like peppers and beer unappealing until certain age or frequency of exposure. Is there something similar to ...
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Is the effect of music on stress just due to beat entrainment?

Different music genres have different beat and rhythm patterns. The lower beat and rhythm frequencies are similar to the frequency of heartbeat and this relax us. However in my opinion, it's relevant ...
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Why do individuals initially dislike things that they end up ultimately liking?

Background: I noticed with a lot of things, but especially music I tend to hate certain songs and albums initially but they always seem to grow on me, and vice versa. I noticed this pattern in a lot ...
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Psychology behind repeated viewing of certain pictures and songs

Often it happens that we like to frequently listen to a particular tune or song or view some pictures or images repeatedly time after time. What are the reasons and psychology behind this?
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Why can good music raise goosebumps?

Listening to really good music right now, I was wondering why it raises goosebumps. Is there any physiological reason for this reaction to specific wavelengths or something? Due sometimes strong ...
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Is there a field of research based around music and emotion in the brain?

I'm looking for research surrounding the scientific study of music and emotion and its effects on the brain. In particular, are there known parts of the brain which activate when playing or listening ...
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Sleep vs. Trance

I've been recently reading about hypnosis and I'm asking this question because I've had certain personal experiences that makes me confuse the term Trance with just simple sleep. I'm not a fan of ...
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Can music be addictive?

As playing games for a prolonged period, tend to develop a addictive behavior in humans, Is there any possibility for addiction to music? i.e. When a person listens to certain list of songs and gets ...
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Do workers retain information from audio lectures when working in a physically demanding job? [closed]

If I were to start listening to lectures instead of music will I retain the information? I've attempted to do this myself once with Assembly Language but I worked in a loud environment (sand ...
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What brain areas are involved in memorizing sections of a song?

Typically when I listen to a song, the song will have different sections (e.g. chorus, verses, etc). As a composer, I have found that many songs use this structure to create a sense of repetition and ...
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What is the effect of listening to music on walking?

How does music affect walking speed and attitude? What will be the effects of different pitch and tempo of music on a person's walking behavior?
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Is it a good idea to play an instrument while studying? If so, what are the benefits?

We've all heard that listening to classical music and such while studying can be beneficial, but I was wondering about actually playing an instrument? If I were to absentmindedly play my accordion ...
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Is there a model for designing a tracklist to get the most engaged reaction from a crowd at a rock concert?

At a recent rock concert, I noticed that the "headliner" is almost always preceded by several bands whose job it is to "warm up the crowd," and that during those "opener acts," the crowd does indeed ...
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Testing earworms without ethical problems

Earworms (or sometimes referred as sticky tunes, involuntary musical imagery, stuck songs) is a phenomenon that many people experience in their daily lives. Although several studies suggest that they ...
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Why do we come to like some songs after re-listening to them a few times?

It happens in the case of some songs that they don't strike as extremely good the first time one listens to them but after listening to them a few more times, one suddenly starts loving them. What ...
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Are there any introductory books about the relationship between art and psychology/cognition?

I'd like to know more about art, music, psychology, and cognition. Since they are related to each other, I'd like to read a book with a topic covering those. Bonus if it's for beginners.
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Why do some people cycle musical tastes, and some people continually listen to the same type of music? [closed]

This is solely based on a personal observation of mine, but I've noticed people like me who constantly cycle music taste, and others who always listen to the same type of music. I, for example, ...
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What is the definition of song in the speech to song illusion?

I have been looking at Diana Deutsch's "speech-to-song" illusion and I don't understand what she means by song. I have written a lot of music and I don't hear anything that sounds like a song in her ...
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How many times can someone listen to a song before he/she stops enjoying it? [closed]

How many repetitions do we need to get tired of listening to a song over and over again? I want to know if some kind of average number of repetitions exisits. Is there any research related to this ...
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Why I dont like music? [closed]

I'm not sure, if I'm alone, but I never liked music, any kind of music. It never made me happy or sad. Actually it never ever had any effects on me right from my childhood days. My iPod(received as a ...
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Why do people like to listen to sad songs?

Why do people like to listen to sad songs? Sadness is not a positive feeling, so people should avoid it, right? Listening to sad songs is like inflicting some pain to yourself just for pleasure. Did ...
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Innateness of perceiving music as happy or sad

From John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, book 2, chapter 9: I shall here insert a problem of that very ingenious and studious promoter of real knowledge, the learned and worthy ...
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What are the reliable and valid test to measure working memory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to reliably measure working memory capacity? I am currently doing my thesis on how different types of music affect the cognitive performance more specifically working ...
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How does listening to music decrease stress?

I'm interested in how listening to different types of music (such as jazz, classical, etc.) can help some people calm down. More specifically, how does the brain form a link between music heard and ...
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Do children learn to play musical instrument more easily than adults?

People say that it is harder for adults to learn to play instrument, because their muscle became stiff. Is there evidence for this claim?
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Why do we sometimes(i often) go to trance while listening to music?

What's the scientific reason behind it? I can't quite figure out what's around me and it feels so soothing same as the effect of meditation. It feels like an enlightenment.(I feel like I'm connected ...