The Brain Made Plain

Jessica Grahn (music)

January 11th, 2022  •  48 mins 27 secs  •  Download (22.2 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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We talk about the neuroscience of music with Dr. Jessica Grahn, with a special attention to rhythm and beat. Beat perception relies on both auditory and motor systems, including the basal ganglia, which may relate to effects of music in patients with Parkinson’s Disease. We also talk about beat perception in birds and other animals, and why some people might be better at beat perception than others.