The Maze of the Mozart Effect

From a study by Rauscher, Robinson and Jens : Rats were exposed in utero plus 60 days post-partum to either complex music (Mozart Sonata (k. 448)), minimalist music (a Philip Glass composition), white noise or silence, and were then tested Read More …

Classical Music on your Mind

From a study by Xiaodan Leng: The trion model was developed using the Mountcastle organizational principle for the column as the basic neuronal network in the cortex and the physical system analogy of Fisher’s ANNNI spin model. An essential feature Read More …

Of Mice and Music

My job keeps getting easier as my friends and readers start to send me email about studies they run across! Thank you to Teena Johnson for alerting me to Francesco Angelucci, Marco Fiore, Enzo Ricci, Luca Padua, Andrea Sabino, and Read More …

Classical Music – If It Feels Good, Do It!

From a study by Anne J. Blood and Robert J. Zatorre : We used positron emission tomography to study neural mechanisms underlying intensely pleasant emotional responses to music. Cerebral blood flow changes were measured in response to subject-selected music that Read More …

Classical Music, Learning and Memory

From a study by Moshe Bar, Elissa Aminoff, and Daniel L. Schacter : The parahippocampal cortex (PHC) has been implicated in both place/scene processing and episodic memory. We proposed that this region should instead be seen as intrinsically mediating contextual Read More …

Our Brains are Hard-Wired for Pleasant Music

From a study by Nathalie Gosselin, Séverine Samson, Ralph Adolphs, Marion Noulhiane, Mathieu Roy, Dominique Hasboun, Michel Baulac, and Isabelle Peretz : Music is typically a pleasurable experience. But under certain circumstances, music can also be unpleasant, for example, when Read More …

Like it or Not, Classical Music is a Workout for the Brain

From a dissertation by Susann Eschrich: The comparison of old to new pieces yielded thalamic and midbrain activity while the contrast of recognized vs. not recognized pieces showed activation in the right inferior frontal gyrus. Retrieval processes from long-term representations Read More …

Classical Music, Autism, and the Limbic System

A study by Natalia Kleinhans, Elizabeth Aylward, and Todd Richards shows that people with autism, Asperger’s, and PDD have brains that are wired differently. Eight individuals with autism, nine with Asperger’s, and two with PDD were shown series of pictures Read More …