I’ve got rhythm …. don’t I?

Ever been reading a paper and thought - gee I wish I could just click a button to experience what that's like? It's not always easy to imagine from the nitty gritty details of a methods section, just what it would be like to experience. Particularly just what strategies you might engage to be able to … Continue reading I’ve got rhythm …. don’t I?

Musical Imagery can save lives

So now that I have Wonderwall playing in your head, think about the effortless way in which you just brought that song to mind from memory. How accurately do you think you were imaging the tempo? Kelly Jakubowski and colleagues from Music Mind & Brain at Goldsmiths University London have used familiar pop songs like this … Continue reading Musical Imagery can save lives

Out of time or out of tune: your brain knows faster than you do

Our brains are amazing predicting machines. In fact, even if you were relaxing watching your favourite DVD on mute and not even paying attention to tones that are playing in the background, your brain is continually predicting what it will hear next. In what’s referred to as an Oddball paradigm, you can present a series … Continue reading Out of time or out of tune: your brain knows faster than you do

Discovering the Difference of the Downbeat

Your brain is a little like a radio station. Whilst we can’t tune into precise your thoughts, or the specific songs in your head, one recent finding from Takako Fujioka and colleagues  is taking us one step closer with a greater understanding of how the brain is keeping the beat in music. Magnetoencephalography is one … Continue reading Discovering the Difference of the Downbeat