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“The seductiveness of music lies in its ability to titillate the senses”: Elaine Chew on musical structure

Think about the last time a piece of music took you by surprise… What triggered it? How did you feel? Did others react the same way? You might become aware of musical structure through an established rhythmic pattern or a … Continue reading

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Step in time: Musical ensemble coordination in cross-cultural settings

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal”; an eloquent start to Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, but also an apt summary of a model too often assumed in modern psychology research. Generalised claims … Continue reading

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‘Dynamite in my ears’ – The Exceptional Musicality of some Individuals with Autism

Can people who struggle with speech be exceptional musicians? What does this have to do with autism? Professor Adam Ockelford, Director of the Applied Music Research Centre at the Roehampton University in London provided explanations to these questions in his … Continue reading

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Hearing Musical Tempo: You need more than just your ears.

Invited Speaker Series: A talk by Justin London at Goldsmiths, University of London.  There is no doubt that there are some songs that you just can’t help but dance to… but have you ever stopped to think that there is … Continue reading

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Nobody’s perfect – Error monitoring in the performing brain

  Gabriela Bury, December 13th 2016 Every time I attempt to order my favourite coffee at Costa, my tongue decides to fail me in every possible way. I often mispronounce my order so bad I end up walking out of … Continue reading

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The Psychoneuroimmunology of Music

“Every Illness is a Musical Problem, The Healing, a Musical Solution” Cast your mind back thousands of years, and try to imagine living in pre-historic times. Your goal in life is to stay alive by hunting for food. Your survival … Continue reading

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Music and Language Learning

Quite frankly, the number of time that I have started, and failed, to learn a second language is embarrassing. Despite my best intentions, I can never seem to stick with it for longer than a couple of weeks at most. … Continue reading

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