The Power of Music: Mind Control by Rhythmic Sound

More insights on how the brain works and how music can enhance a range of thinking activities. Quote:

Steven Pinker has said that music is “auditory cheesecake,” with no particular advantage in the evolution of our species. Schirmer feels their new results do not support that view. “Rhythm facilitates our interpersonal interactions in term of not only how we move, but how we talk and think,” she concludes. “Rhythm facilitates people interacting by synchronizing brain waves and boosting performance of perception of what the other person is saying and doing at a particular point in time.” Rhythm, whether the lyrics to a song or the meter of a poem facilitates language processing, she concludes, and she is now undertaking new experiments to further test this idea. “When people move in synchrony they are more likely to perceive the world in synchrony, so that would facilitate their ability to interact.”

The Power of Music: Mind Control by Rhythmic Sound | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network.

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