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March 30, 2016

UK Children Play Instruments as Part of Family Tradition, Not to Boost Social Status

Oct. 27, 2015 — British parents encourage their children to play musical instruments as part of a family tradition and not to boost their social status as Americans do, research ... read more

Why Middle Class People Are More Likely to Play Music, Paint and Act Revealed

Sep. 15, 2015 — The reason why middle class people are more likely to play music, paint and act has been revealed in a major new study. Research involving 78,000 people found that it was not wealth or social status ... read more

Big Data Reveals Classical Music Creation Secrets

Apr. 30, 2015 — A new study uncovers how classical music composers collaborate, mix, and influence one another: Results show how culture evolves and predict the future of the recording market. A team of scientists ... read more

New Way of Syncing Music to Video Will Revolutionize the Production of TV/video Ads

Oct. 15, 2014 — A researcher has shown that tiny tweaks to the soundtrack can make TV ads much more memorable, increasing their commercial ... read more

Teenagers Learn About Modern Life Through Celebrity Culture, Says Academic

June 17, 2014 — Teenagers interested in celebrity culture are more likely to have a well-rounded knowledge of modern life and awareness of issues relating to politics, economics and the media, a leading Media Arts ... read more

Super Bowl Ads Score With Popular Music

Jan. 23, 2014 — Researchers are wrapping up a 10-year study of popular music in Super Bowl commercials this year. Through this research they will illustrate the frequency in which advertisers employ popular music to ... read more

Repetition in Music Pulls Us In, Together

Nov. 5, 2013 — A researcher explores the psychology of repetition in music, across time, style and ... read more

Music Lessons Enhance the Quality of School Life

Aug. 30, 2013 — A new study examined whether an extended music education had an impact on pupils' experienced satisfaction with the school. Nearly a thousand pupils at ten Finnish schools with extended music ... read more

Same Beat Set to Different Tunes Changes Walkers' Pace

July 10, 2013 — Personal tastes in music have little to do with how we keep time to a tune while walking, according to new ... read more

In the Mood for Music

June 26, 2013 — Could a computer distinguish between the moods of a mournful classical movement or an angst-ridden emo rock song? Research suggests that it should be possible to categorize music accurately without ... read more

New Technology Modifies Music Hall Acoustics

May 30, 2013 — With the flick of a switch, inflatable sound absorbers can turn classical music halls into houses of ... read more

Music Rules in Special Creative and Experimental 'Play Zones'

Sep. 14, 2012 — Like reading, learning to sing and make music can be modeled by parents and teachers. Special areas called music play zones encourage children to make ... read more

The Definition of a Musical Instrument

Dec. 6, 2011 — The sounds produced by a fiddle are not always musical, but the fiddle is still nevertheless regarded as a musical instrument. However, if one uses sticks or car engines to create music – do they ... read more

Songs About Sex -- How They Affect Kids: Study Questions the Impact of Sexualized Lyrics on Adolescent Behaviors and Attitudes

Sep. 6, 2011 — Do sexualized lyrics in popular music have an impact on the sexual behavior and attitudes of adolescents? Researchers recently took a look at the trend of increasing use of sexually explicit lyrics ... read more

Chopin's Hallucinations Were Probably Caused by Epilepsy, Study Suggests

Jan. 24, 2011 — The composer Frederic Chopin, who regularly hallucinated, probably had temporal lobe epilepsy throughout his short life, a new study suggests. Hallucinations typically feature in seizure disorders, ... read more

Positive Mood Allows Human Brain to Think More Creatively

Dec. 15, 2010 — People who watch funny videos on the Internet at work aren't necessarily wasting time. According to new research, they may be taking advantage of the latest psychological science -- putting ... read more

Background Music Can Impair Performance, Cites New Study

July 27, 2010 — For decades research has shown that listening to music alleviates anxiety and depression, enhances mood, and can increase cognitive functioning, such as spatial awareness. However, until now, ... read more

Hand-Clapping Songs Improve Motor and Cognitive Skills, Research Shows

Apr. 28, 2010 — A researcher in Israel conducted the first study of hand-clapping songs, revealing a direct link between those activities and the development of important skills in children and young adults, ... read more

Scientists and Cast of Thousands Swarm Stage in Europe

Jan. 28, 2010 — Typically science doesn't bed down with theater, much less mate with artistic vigor, but the accord between the two is explored in the recent production Heuschrecken [The Locusts] developed by ... read more

Sep. 14, 2009 — Neuroscientists in the U.K. are to work with a renowned international artist in order to gain new insights into ... read more

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