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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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Did Marilyn Actually Sing in Tune?

Reporting on a talk by Pauline Larrouy-Maestri from the Max Plank Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Germany, with an academic background in psychology, speech therapy, music, and pedagogy, 12th November 2015 Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday to American president John … Continue reading

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“Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?”

Rhythm in speech and music “May I have your attention please?” Do you remember back in 2000, when Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem, tried to find out who “The Real Slim Shady” was? You might have known immediately that … Continue reading

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The evolution of music: how our understanding of music’s origins in group bonding may benefit us in our age of loneliness

We are told we are entering the “age of loneliness” (Monbiot, 2014). This term is utilised here to describe our apparent human social decline, caused by a combination of factors including the breakdown of communities, our ever-increasing population and most … Continue reading

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