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Does classical music enhance intelligence in children more than other genres?

A great overview of this topic is available in Chapter 6 of the book The Invisible Gorilla by Chabris & Simons. My answer is based, in large part, on their summary of the topic. The "Mozart ...
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432 Hz vs. 440 Hz frequencies: health and psychological effects?

One of the claims that is somewhat easy to validate empirically is that "432 Hz sounds better than 440 Hz." This informal experiment tests this in a straightforward way. People listen to pitch-shifted ...
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Why do people tap their foot to music?

Short Answer: People tap their feet due to increased activity in the cerebellum. Detailed Answer: There already is some evidence that music can release certain neurotransmitters, including ...
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Can music be addictive?

According to the article "Addiction to Music Has Biochemical Basis" on Softpedia News by Tudor Vieru, which reports on findings by Robert Zatorre and Valorie Salimpoor (Salimpoor & ...
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Is there evidence that listening to music can aid/hinder concentration or performance?

As mentioned in a recent study by Thompson et al. (2012), there are two perspectives which account for the effects of background music on reading comprehension specifically (but as I argue later, ...
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Does learning (to play) music increase IQ?

Short answer The recent literature shows mounting evidence for beneficial effects of music on cognitive abilities. The big 'but' in the issue is how specific those effects are and whether they will ...
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Sleep vs. Trance

Wearing those big headphone is indirectly a way to isolate yourself from the surrounding sound. That is usually a prelude for relaxation, or meditation. (In people with audiotory disorder, or with ...
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Why do people tap their foot to music?

The short answer is that it is pleasurable. Recent research from Witek et al (2014) sheds light on this. Their research on affective response and desire to move when listening to funk drum breaks ...
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Is mapping sound frequencies to the vertical axis universal?

Humans technically don't perceive frequencies, they perceive pitch. According to Wikipedia: the idiom relating vertical height to sound pitch is shared by most languages. citing a 1930 article by ...
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Is there any evidence of a relationship between learning music and increased ability in Mathematics?

There is a clear association between musical ability and mathematical ability, perhaps best recognised in savantism in people with developmental disabilities. There are limited domains in which ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that music can trigger release of a particular kind of neurotransmitter?

Music is known as a form of an abstract stimulus, which can arouse feelings of euphoria, similar to tangible rewards that involve the striatal (corpus striatum) dopamine system. In a study, ...
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Why do we come to like some songs after re-listening to them a few times?

The phenomenom you describe is called Mere-exposure effect : The mere-exposure effect is a psychological phenomenon by which people tend to develop a preference for things merely because they are ...
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Why I dont like music?

I wouldn't call it a disorder, unless it significantly affects your life. Not enjoying music or not being able to produce music is known as "amusia". It probably has to do with differences in ...
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What brain areas are involved in memorizing sections of a song?

I would read this paper, its mighty interesting. Books Snyder, B.(2000) Music and memory: An introduction. The MIT Press. Cambridge 291. Hemispheric Coordination and Conflict "...while listening ...
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Are there any introductory books about the relationship between art and psychology/cognition?

Oliver Sacks has an excellent and very approachable book on the topic (psychology/cognition + music in particular, less art in general): Musicophilia.
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Do children learn to play musical instrument more easily than adults?

Roughly speaking, most forms of learning become harder as one ages. Probably the most relevant aspect for your question is learning fine motor skills: most studies revealed that performance gains ...
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Does learning (to play) music increase IQ?

I found one 2017 meta-analysis by Sala and Gobet which is probably superior methodologically to the few non-systematic reviews found by AliceD. I say "probably" because the meta-analysis includes ...
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How does listening to music decrease stress?

This may be happening due to beat entrainment. Different music genres have different beat and rhythm patterns. The ones that are calming will generally have a lower beat and rhythm frequencies. The ...
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What is the effect of listening to music on walking?

Research suggests that endurance is improved when movements are synchronized with a musical beat. [1] This research also supports the idea that music has 'motivational' qualities that may enhance ...
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What causes an inability to recall a melody, beat, or music?

The following answer is based on my own experience learning music combined with general principles of cognitive psychology related to skill acquisition. I think that learning music would help a ...
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Why does the tempo tend to get faster?

Tempo should be an objective parameter in music. The same piece is heard differently at higher tempo than in lower tempo. This is sensible if you accept an Aristotelian perspective of music, whereby ...
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Do workers retain information from audio lectures when working in a physically demanding job?

Straight answer: No. There is no such thing as free lunch when it comes to learning material. Your question is based on the studies of hypno-learning (learning by listening to tapes while sleeping) ...
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Do workers retain information from audio lectures when working in a physically demanding job?

First off, if you want to retain information, you have to actively listen to it. Simply putting it on like you would background music is not going to help that much. However, if you do want to learn ...
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How are musical hooks defined/studied in psychology?

It seems that you are a perfect reader of this book: On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind What is it about the music you love that makes you want to hear it again? Why do we crave a "hook" ...
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How are musical hooks defined/studied in psychology?

Looking into the term earworms lead me to the following answer. If you search earworms into Google Scholar, at the top of the list is 3 papers, after which the rest seem to be about corn earworms. ...
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Why do people like to listen to sad songs?

Maya Tamir's work probably sheds the most light here. Her work suggests that we're not merely trying to avoid bad feelings and promote good ones. Instead, we want to feel what's most useful to us. ...
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Sleep vs. Trance

It's highly plausible (judging from your description) that you induce some sort of hypnotized state. I highly doubt it's strongly related to heavy metal though. The state of mind you're hinting at is ...
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By which neuronal mechanisms does music make us happy or sad?

In a comprehensive review that included 140+ primary research papers, Juslin & Laukka (2003) explain that there is a close relationship between vocal expression of emotions and the musical ...
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Does learning (to play) music increase IQ?

Just a few comments. The sample size in that study was quite small (n = 144) and there were four conditions. A few fundamental principles of psychology suggest that learning an instrument would not ...
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Are there emotions that motivate pattern completion?

Canonical models of emotions in relation to pattern comclusion can not be provided. The emotional of the musical sequences completion are directly related to the tonality. Emotions related to the ...
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