Music on Your Brain
Music is more than just pitch and rhythm, timbre and tempo.
Music can comfort. Or annoy.
It helps us celebrate – and mourn.
Music can foster a sense of group identity. (Consider national anthems.)
Are human beings hard-wired to enjoy music? What role did music play in the evolution of human societies? What would life be without music?
In this World Science Forum, we talk to Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist at McGill University. He’s an expert on music cognition and the author of two books: This is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs.
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The World’s Rhitu Chatterjee spoke with Levitin for The World Science Podcast.
Listeners asked Levitin their own questions on The World Science Forum.
- Are human beings unique in their ability to appreciate music? Have you ever seen your pet dog or cat entranced by music?
- Levitin argues that music paved the way for more complex behaviors like language to evolve. But how do we know that music evolved before language?
- Do you attribute your musical tastes to your genes or your upbringing?
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