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I blog about the cognitive neuroscience of music.

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  • March 5, 2017
  • 05:37 PM

Do you crave music like you crave a cookie?

by Kiralee Musgrove in Neuroscientist on music

Imagine there is a cookie sitting in front of you. You are hungry. You have been on a diet for months. If you have to look at one more raw, paleo, gluten free snack you are going to scream.... Read more »

  • May 4, 2016
  • 12:00 PM

Jazz drunk, in a basement

by Kiralee Musgrove in Neuroscientist on music

The good things in Melbourne are hidden away. Behind non-descript doors and trick bookcases. On rooftops. Down laneways. Pop-ups, warehouses, basements; Lady Melbs rewards those who seek. Which requires little persuasion, I have noticed. Melburnians go silly at the whiff of intrigue.... Read more »

Wise, R. (2004) Dopamine, learning and motivation. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 5(6), 483-494. DOI: 10.1038/nrn1406  

  • April 11, 2016
  • 12:00 PM

Why you should fire up about music neuroscience

by Kiralee Musgrove in Neuroscientist on music

My alarm goes off at 6am most mornings. I adopted this unfortunate habit some years ago when I discovered I do my best thinking early, with a hot drink and still. My biological sensibilities remain supremely offended by this. (Describing me as a “disgruntled” early riser would not be far from the truth.) Still, among the things that must be thought at 6am, there are a select few which have me in front of my laptop, ready-to-go by 6:20am. As you might have deduced, music neuroscience ........ Read more »

Araya-Salas, M. (2012) Is birdsong music?. Significance, 9(6), 4-7. DOI: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2012.00613.x  

Brown, L., de Bruin, N., Doan, J., Suchowersky, O., & Hu, B. (2010) Obstacle crossing among people with Parkinson's disease is influenced by concurrent music. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 47(3), 225-231. PMID: 20665348  

Downey, L., Blezat, A., Nicholas, J., Omar, R., Golden, H., Mahoney, C., Crutch, S., & Warren, J. (2013) Mentalising music in frontotemporal dementia. Cortex, 49(7), 1844-1855. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2012.09.011  

James, C., Dupuis-Lozeron, E., & Hauert, C. (2012) Appraisal of musical syntax violations by primary school children. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 71(3), 161-168. DOI: 10.1024/1421-0185/a000084  

Mingle, M., Eppley, T., Campbell, M., Hall, K., Horner, V., & de Waal FB. (2014) Chimpanzees prefer African and Indian music over silence. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 40(4), 502-505. PMID: 25546107  

Osuch, E., Bluhm, R., Williamson, P., Théberge, J., Densmore, M., & Neufeld, R. (2009) Brain activation to favorite music in healthy controls and depressed patients. Neuroreport, 20(13), 1204-1208. PMID: 19617860  

Sarkamo, T., Ripolles, P., Vepsalainen, H., Autti, T., Silvennoinen, H., Salli, E., Laitinen, S., Forsblom, A., Soinila, S., & Rodri­guez-Fornells, A. (2014) Structural changes induced by daily music listening in the recovering brain after middle cerebral artery stroke: A voxel-based morphometry study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 1-16. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00245  

Shannon, R. (2016) Is birdsong more like speech or music?. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20(4), 245-247. PMID: 26944220  

Snowdon, C., Zimmermann, E., & Altenmüller, E. (2015) Music evolution and neuroscience. Music, Neurology, and Neuroscience: Evolution, the Musical Brain, Medical Conditions, and Therapies, 17-34. DOI: 10.1016/bs.pbr.2014.11.019  

  • March 21, 2016
  • 09:00 AM

How not to be a music neuroscientist

by Kiralee Musgrove in Neuroscientist on music

"Erm, what is it, that thing that you do?"

This is the question that follows the eyebrow V, that follows my response to the question, “what are you doing your PhD on?”.

Music neuroscientists. I can tell you what we do not do.... Read more »

Kraus, N., & Chandrasekaran, B. (2010) Music training for the development of auditory skills. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 11(8), 599-605. DOI: 10.1038/nrn2882  

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