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Levitin, Professor Daniel - Music and the brain

Identifier

010202

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

There is the possibility that just like computers, there is some hardware processor in the brain that handles music. In computing there are special microprocessors as well as a considerable amount of software. This may also be true in humans.

A description of the experience

This is Your Brain on Music – Professor Daniel Levitin

Although the areas of the brain that respond to individual pitches have been mapped, we have not yet been able to find the neurological basis for the encoding of pitch relations; we know which part of the cortex is involved in listening to the notes C and E, for example and for F and A, but we do not know how or why both intervals are perceived as a major third, or the neural circuits that create this perceptual equivalency. These relations must be extracted by computational processes in the brain that remain poorly understood.

The source of the experience

Levitin, Professor Daniel

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Pitch

Symbols

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Listening to music

Commonsteps

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