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In this remarkable series, delve into why and how the human brain seems wired to respond to music. Designed for music lovers and brain enthusiasts at all levels, this course assumes no prior background in either subject. It is truly interdisciplinary, covering fundamental ideas of music theory, neuroanatomy, and cognitive science, while spotlighting the diverse range of experiments, discoveries, and debates in this fast-changing field
Led by neuroscientist and Professor of Psychology Aniruddh Patel of Tufts University, you’ll probe one of the mind’s most profound mysteries. Scientists and musicians alike have lauded Professor Patel, and in this course he will introduce you to cutting-edge neuroscience and groundbreaking trials you couldn’t access anyplace else. You’ll find answers to questions about music and the mind, including: does music enhance social bonds? What makes music “happy” or “sad”? Can music express emotions beyond words? You’ll explore the eight distinct psychological mechanisms by which music arouses emotions and even get a chance to test your own responses to musical passages composed for this course.
Take a dazzling journey deep into the recesses of the brain, discovering how, where, and why music plays such an integral role.
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|Section 1: Music: Culture, Biology, or Both?|
Introduction: Seeking an Evolutionary Theory of MusicPreview
Music Preferences in Other PrimatesPreview
Making Music from Monkey Calls
Studies of Synchrony and Cooperation in Humans
|Section 2: Music and Emotion|
Music's Relationship to Emotion
Two Themes that will Recur in this Course
Connections to Language
The Connection between Vocal and Musical Affect
Three Other Ways that Music Can Express Emotion
|Section 3: The Neuroscience of Music Emotions|
Categories of Music EmotionsPreview
Psychological/Emotional Responses to Music
Chill Response and Its Relationship to Fear
Brain Mechanisms and Instinctive Musical Emotion
Brain Mechanisms and Experiental/Learned Musical Emotion
Correlational Evidence from Studies of Brain Damage
|Section 4: Bonus Section|
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