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Infographic: The Psychology of Music

Nov 292012
 

There is more to why we like music than just catchy beats

Everybody loves music. We tend to favor certain kinds, and maybe we call the other guy’s listening pleasure “noise.” But we’re hard-wired to appreciate it.

Receptors in the brain respond to different aspects, like rhythm, tone and lyrics. With this infographic, you can quickly learn about your brain’s response to musical cues, the benefits of music and the importance of teaching musical theory and appreciation in schools.

So go ahead, check out this chart and share it with everyone you know who likes music — which of course, is everyone!


Via: University of Florida

According to Wikipedia:

Music is an art form whose medium is sound and silence. Its common elements are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. The word derives from Greek μουσική (mousike; “art of the Muses“).

The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition vary according to culture and social context. It ranges from strictly organized compositions (and their recreation in performance), through improvisation to aleatoric forms. The subject can be divided into genres and subgenres, although the dividing lines and relationships between genres are often subtle, sometimes open to individual interpretation, and occasionally controversial. Within “the arts”, music may be classified as a performing art, a fine art, and auditory art. It may also be divided among “art music” and “folk”. There is also a strong connection between music and mathematics. It may be played and heard live, may be part of a dramatic work or film, or may be recorded.

To many people in many cultures, music is an important part of their way of life. Ancient Greek and Indian philosophers defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies. Common sayings such as “the harmony of the spheres” and “it is music to my ears” point to the notion that sonic tones are often ordered and pleasant to listen to.

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