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11 Problems Music Can Solve

REUTERS/PETR JOSEK/LANDOV Music is a splendid thing. It can cheer you up when you’re sad, make you dance like a fool, and allow you to drown out the world when you need to. But music has its scientific uses, too. The new documentary Alive Inside details how dementia patients react positively when given iPods filled with [...]

Inside Oliver Sacks’s Brain (As He Listens to Music)

Neurologist Oliver Sacks prefers Bach to Beethoven — I’m just the opposite. But enough about me, let’s talk Sacks. Dr. Sacks volunteered to have his brain scanned while listening to each composer’s music. What’s interesting is that listening to Bach has a visible effect on his brain, which isn’t present when listening to Beethoven — [...]

We See With the Eyes, But We See With the Brain as Well…

“We see with the eyes, but we see with the brain as well, and seeing with the brain is often called ‘imagination,’ and we are familiar with the landscapes of our own imagination, our ‘inscapes,’ we’ve lived with them all our lives. But there are also hallucinations as well, and hallucinations are completely different…they seem [...]