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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 [...]

Ode to the Brain

“The brain is a very big place, in a very small space” -Carl Sagan, in the latest Symphony of Science song. More geeky scientific awe, communicated via music and imagery, from composer John Boswell. “Here is this mass of jelly you can hold in the palm of your hands. And it can contemplate the vastness of [...]

Airing TONIGHT on PBS – NOVA: What Are Dreams?

NOVA: What Are Dreams? airs on PBS stations in the US tonight, Tuesday, November 24. This is a terrific documentary on dreams, packed with specifics on the science of sleep. If you’ve ever wondered about sleepwalking, why we dream, or why sleep is necessary, this is the documentary for you! Note: after the air date, [...]

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 [...]