How Music ‘Moves’ Us: Listeners’ Brains Second-Guess the Composer

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Our brains continuously predict what is going to happen next

New research predicts that expectations about what is going to happen next in a piece of music should be different for people with different musical experience and sheds light on the brain mechanisms involved.

Have you ever accidentally pulled your headphone socket out while listening to music? What happens when the music stops? Psychologists believe that our brains continuously predict what is going to happen next in a piece of music. So, when the music stops, your brain may still have expectations about what should happen next.

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How We Know A Dog Is A Dog: Concept Acquisition In The Human Brain

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Although two dogs can look very different, the human brain recognizes them as particular instances of the concept of a dog.

A new study explores how our brains synthesize concepts that allow us to organize and comprehend the world. The research, published by Cell Press in the September 24th issue of the journal Neuron, uses behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to track how conceptual knowledge emerges in the human brain and guides decision making.

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