Scientists link music and the brain
Prof. Petr Janata, an Associate Professor at UC Davis in the Psychology Department, was one of the visiting presenters. He spoke about how music evokes autobiographical memories. Janata told ISRAEL21c that when his research team plays short excerpts of songs from Billboard charts from people’s pasts, the music “elicits memories which can be seen in the brain scanner. We can describe musical pieces based on people’s memory.”
Moreover, music can improve the ability to differentiate sounds. “Music helps certain cognitive functions. It helps how accurately we can imagine pitches, people’s verbal working memory, and the ability to keep in mind verbal information,” says Prof. Janata.
By Viva Sarah Press