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Feb 21, 2024

Brain Activity Now Watchable and Listenable

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, media & arts, neuroscience

Summary: Researchers developed an innovated a technique to convert complex neuroimaging data into audiovisual formats. By transforming brain activity and blood flow data from behaviors like running or grooming in mice into synchronized piano and violin sounds, accompanied by video, they offer an intuitive approach to explore the brain’s intricate workings.

This method not only makes it easier to identify patterns in large datasets but also enhances the understanding of the dynamic relationship between neuronal activity and behavior. The toolkit represents a significant step forward in neuroscientific research, enabling scientists to intuitively screen and interpret vast amounts of brain data.

Feb 20, 2024

How Our Brains Process Music

Posted by in categories: media & arts, neuroscience

Summary: Researchers unlocked how the brain processes melodies, creating a detailed map of auditory cortex activity. Their study reveals that the brain engages in dual tasks when hearing music: tracking pitch with neurons used for speech and predicting future notes with music-specific neurons.

This breakthrough clarifies the longstanding mystery of melody perception, demonstrating that some neural processes for music and speech are shared, while others are uniquely musical. The discovery enhances our understanding of the brain’s complex response to music and opens avenues for exploring music’s emotional and therapeutic impacts.

Feb 20, 2024

New neuroscience research uncovers the brain’s unique musical processing pathways

Posted by in categories: mapping, media & arts, neuroscience

A new study by researchers at UC San Francisco provides new insight into how the brain processes musical melodies. Through precise mapping of the cerebral cortex, the study uncovered that our brains process music by not only discerning pitch and the direction of pitch changes but also by predicting the sequence of upcoming notes, each task managed by distinct sets of neurons. The findings have been published in Science Advances.

Previous research had established that our brains possess specialized mechanisms for processing speech sounds, particularly in recognizing pitch changes that convey meaning and emotion. The researchers hypothesized that a similar, perhaps specialized, set of neurons might exist for music, dedicated to predicting the sequence of notes in a melody, akin to how certain neurons predict speech sounds.

“Music is both uniquely human and universally human. Studying the neuroscience of music can therefore reveal something fundamental about what it means to be human,” said lead author Narayan Sankaran, a postdoctoral fellow in the Kavli Center for Ethics, Science, and the Public at UC Berkeley, who conducted the study while a researcher in the lab of UCSF’s Edward Chang.

Feb 20, 2024

Electronic music appears to alter our state of consciousness

Posted by in categories: media & arts, neuroscience

Listening to electronic music makes neurons in our brain fire in time with the beat, which appears to alter our reaction time and sense of unity.

By Conor Feehly

Feb 19, 2024

To appreciate music, the human brain listens and learns to predict

Posted by in categories: media & arts, neuroscience

What is happening in the cerebral cortex when someone hears a melody?


Music has been central to human cultures for tens of thousands of years, but how our brains perceive it has long been shrouded in mystery.

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Feb 19, 2024

METROPOLIS — Fritz Lang — New Version 2022 — 3 Hours — New English Intertitles & Music Soundtrack 4K

Posted by in categories: entertainment, mapping, media & arts

METROPOLIS a film by Fritz Lang — Version “Cobra — 2022” — 4K Remastered — 60fps — Also available on UHD 4K download!

Re-edited \& Reframed — New Time Mapping (some technical considerations below):
New Intertitles \& English Adaptation — Screenplay by Maximianno Cobra.

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Feb 17, 2024

Secret Mathematical Patterns Revealed in Bach’s Music

Posted by in categories: mathematics, media & arts, physics

Physicists found that the music of Johann Sebastian Bach contains mathematical patterns that help convey information.

By Elise Cutts

Feb 14, 2024

The Berserker Hypothesis and the Dark Forest

Posted by in categories: existential risks, media & arts

A halloween eve exploration of two of the spookiest solutions to the Fermi Paradox. The Dark Forest Hypothesis and the Berserker Hypothesis.

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Feb 11, 2024

Playing an Instrument linked to better Brain Health in Older Adults

Posted by in categories: health, media & arts, neuroscience

Engaging in music throughout your life is associated with better brain health in older age, according to a new study published by experts at the University of Exeter.

Scientists working on PROTECT, an online study open to people aged 40 and over, reviewed data from more than a thousand adults over the age of 40 to see the effect of playing a musical instrument—or singing in a choir—on brain health. Over 25,000 people have signed up for the PROTECT study, which has been running for 10 years.

The team reviewed participants’ musical experience and lifetime exposure to music, alongside results of cognitive testing, to determine whether musicality helps to keep the brain sharp in later life.

Feb 9, 2024

Using Nanotechnology to Uncover Details of a Medieval Manuscript

Posted by in categories: media & arts, nanotechnology

How Columbia conservators, Nano Initiative scientists, and a music scholar used state-of-the-art technology to examine a score.

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