Music in the brain

MIB Retreat Samsø Summer 2016

MUSIC IN THE BRAIN CENTRE – FUNDED BY DANISH NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Music is experienced, performed and shared by people in all societies, ages and social groups. Recently, neuroscientific interest in music has increased dramatically as modern brain imaging techniques have provided researchers the means to investigate the living human brain at work.

Music in the Brain is based at the University of Aarhus and led by Director Prof Peter Vuust, a professional jazz musician and researcher. The research is divided into four main strands: perception, emotion, learning and action. The research has two main aims:

  • How is music perception and experience guided by brain mechanisms for prediction and how are these mechanisms shaped by music training and expertise?
  • How can music inform our understanding of brain mechanisms in general, and help us understand prediction as a fundamental principle for brain function?

Prof Morten Kringelbach is leading the research on emotion and the pleasure of music. Among other things, we have recently investigated the science behind the rhythms that get us on the dance floor

Read more in this paper on groove and in this review on the pleasure of music.

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