Music and the Brain- September 17, 2013
Final Project: 5-10 pages, 10-15 minutes presentation with some slides
Next time: sound (Pierce chapters 2 and 3), neurons part 2
Start thinking about topics for final project
Today: developmental musicology; librar
Music and the Brain- September 3, 2013
Goals for the course
Music is ubiquitous. Why?
Musical universals: pitch, scales, octaves and fifths, consonance and disso
nance, emotional salience
theres only a couple cultures who divide into more than 12 steps
1. Domain-specific or domain-general?
Are the various thing that we do when we listen to music unique to music?
There are parts of music that are domain-specific.
Strongest evidence: brain damage. (Tone-deafness example)
Clinical data: people
Music and the Brain- September 10, 2013
For next time
Read Trehub review (2003)
Complete short quiz on paper (posted wednesday night)
Start thinking about topics for final paper
Read Pierce Chapters 2 and 3
How universal are universals?
Music and the Brain: October 1, 2013
Hair cells are like a specialized neuron
hair cells do neurotransmitter release but do not spike
-Relative vs. absolute
Difference between pitch and frequency
Frequency: physical description of the sound, 10-20
Music and the Brain: Oct 29
Scales and tonality key
Virtually all cultures make music with
discrete pitches and defined intervals, not
Octaves are divided into a maximum 12
Exception: south indian classical music
What are emotions? Emotions are internal states in response to the environment
that predispose and prepare us for adaptive action. They avoid dangers and seek out
rewards. There are conscious and unconscious components. They are related to drives