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How Music Touches The Brain

by Dann Vinther
December 27, 2011
Originally Published by ScienceNordic 

The Tango Brain from Petri Toiviainen on Vimeo.

Finnish researchers have developed a new method that makes it possible to study how the brain processes various aspects of music such as rhythm, tonality and timbre.

The study reveals how a variety of networks in the brain, including areas responsible for motor actions, emotions, and creativity, are activated when listening to music.

According to the researchers, the new method will increase our understanding of the complex dynamics of brain networks and the way music affects us.

Responding to Argentinian Tango

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the research team, led by Dr. Vinoo Alluri from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, recorded the brain responses of individuals who were listening to a piece of modern Argentinian tango.

“Our results show for the first time how different musical features activate emotional, motor and creative areas of the brain”, says Professor Petri Toiviainen of the University of Jyväskylä, who was also involved in the study.


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