The Mind-Music Connection

Probe One of the Mind’s Most Profound Mysteries through the Latest Neuroscience Research
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • This course assumes no prior background in music or neuroscience.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand how and why music evokes emotions in listeners, how music is a whole brain phenomenon, and what experiments led to these discoveries.

Who is the target audience?

  • Music lovers and brain enthusiasts who want to explore the connection between the two subjects and better understand why music evokes emotional responses.

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Section 1: Music: Culture, Biology, or Both?
Introduction: Seeking an Evolutionary Theory of Music
Music Preferences in Other Primates
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 Emotions
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
Bonus Lecture

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