Music Cognition Digest

Music In A Word

Roger Dumas

Music cognition seems to be a hot topic these days. My browser is constantly bringing me fantastic discoveries, like “Music makes you smart!” and “Play music from your brain, in your sleep! Respectable science journals publish articles about how music training increases blood flow in the human brain and how simply listening to music can improve memory. My treasured opinions on the whys-and-wherefores of music processing, appreciation and performance are sometimes supported (but typically trashed) by the latest neuroscientific discoveries. My inbox musiccognition-451x266is apparently being managed by the magical and malevolent brooms from the Mickey Mouse cartoon The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. I can open new 10 journal articles, breeze through their abstracts and parse their conclusions in about 30 minutes. I finish filing them carefully away in my reference manager when, out of the corner of my eye, I catch a sudden movement. A new message from Neuromusic is…

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