Researchers in Canada and Japan asked preschoolers (4 and 5 year olds) to create a song.Their results reveal some interesting differences about children’s education and about cultural expectations and differences.
Do you ever get a sense of feeling “pumped” when you hear certain kinds of music? A series of experiments suggests that some music can indeed give listeners a sense of power, as indicated in power-related cognitions and behavior.
For many people listening to music is a pleasurable activity. But can listening to music contribute to the overall happiness and well-being? Research with Canadian adolescents suggests that one's reason for listening have a lot to do with the answer.
Famous musicians seem to have no trouble attracting women. But does an interest in music give any advantage to guys who rock out in garages and basements rather than stadiums? An elegantly simply experiment done in France suggests that it does.
Some people report feeling strongly influenced by the music they hear Other listeners enjoy music just as much but do not seem to be so susceptible to the emotions it expresses. A recent study by researchers in Finland sheds some light on these differences. Sad music really does seem to make listeners sad - at least some of them.
Music has the ability to take us out of ourselves. A recent study by Ruth Herbert at the U.K.’s Open University (Herbert, 2011) is one of the few to examine the psychological characteristics of normative dissociation facilitated by music in “real world” settings.
Thinkers as different from one another as Confucius, Socrates, St. Augustine and al’Ghazzali have cautioned against the effects of music on the soul. Now researchers in Israel have found evidence that these moralists may have been on to something.
Two scientists at the University of Auckland set out to investigate whether the brains of musicians process music in the same brain areas where language is processed. Along the way they also found some interesting results about the effects of background music on thought.
Have you ever had a song stuck in your head and, no matter how hard you tried, you could not dislodge it? Variously called "earworms," "sticky songs" or "involuntary musical imagery," one study found that nearly 92% of people report having such an experience once a week or more frequently.
If songs across the globe and from a variety of cultures tend to have certain things in common, why might this be so? Recently a group of researchers has put forth an intriguing hypothesis about the origins of song structure, and they have come up with an ingenious way to test it.
A friend of mine used to say, only half joking, that he judged new people he met according to whether or not they appreciated the music of Nina Simone. It turns out that he may have been on to something.
People who are strongly affected by music sometimes claim that it gives them chills down their spine and makes their hair stand on end. (The technical term is “piloerection”.) When we are effected in this way by music, art, or by the grandeur of nature, what exactly is going on? Can some kind of evolutionary explanation help us make sense of the experience?
Becoming a professional musician requires an incredible amount of work, and having a passion for music can help motivate the many required hours of practice. But can a passion for music also be destructive?