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The Subject(s) at the Centre of Aesthetic Experiences

by Giacomo Bignardi, Kirren Chana, MacKenzie Trupp, & Sasha Koushk-Jalali Reflections on Edward Vessel’s Introduction to Visual Neuroaesthetics On 15th November 2018, MSc Music, Mind and Brain and MSc Psychology of the Arts, Neuroaesthetics and Creativity students had the pleasure … Continue reading

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How the brain entrains to musical rhythms.

‘How the brain entrains to musical rhythms’ was asked by our guest lecturer, Anna Katharina Bauer. To figure this out, we must first explore the concept of oscillation. Anna defined an oscillation as: ‘any system which uses periodic fluctuations between … Continue reading

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Jacques Launay: Is Music an Evolutionary Adaptation for Social Bonding?

“Without a song or a dance what are we? So I say thank you for the music For giving it to me” -Lyrics by ABBA- Music and dance exists across all cultures and anthropological evidence makes it clear that musical … Continue reading

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The Jazz Turnaround: A Back-to-Back Paradigm for Studying Improvisation

Musical improvisation involves extremely complex cognitive processes—with performers engaging in rapid, in-the-moment decision-making coupled with focussed motor attention, all-the-while maintaining awareness of the other musicians and the music. It’s no wonder that it captivates the interest of Dr Freya Bailes, … Continue reading

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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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