Found the mechanism that makes the brain remember the haunting music

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Found the mechanism that makes the brain remember the haunting music

pop implies a light, melodic music that can appeal to most people

Each of us at least once in their life have experienced the phenomenon when lines of haunting melodies suddenly come to mind and for a long time, preventing you from focusing when performing work. Notes, tempo, and words over and over again in my head, even if the song is not our favorite. Most often this music is found in advertising or the music in the style of “pop”, but, of course, there are exceptions to the rule. In any case, the scientists were able to perform 80 thousand chords and to determine the mechanism, “forcing” the brain to remember the haunting music that people anywhere could hear.

Why the music style “pop” is so popular?

Why is pop so popular? As stated in a study published in the journal , in order to answer this eternal question, the researchers analyzed 80 000 745 chords of pop songs that were in the Billboard, and came to the unexpected conclusion that almost all pop songs combine elements of uncertainty and surprise.

In the course of their studies, scientists learned songs, clearing them of and rhythm and leaving only the chords. 39 the task of volunteers was to listen 1039 chords 30 745 sequences from popular songs and the subsequent assessment heard. At the same time, in a separate experiment were monitored 40 people listening to the same chords, and their reactions in the brain observed using special devices and scanners.

music is a pleasure in provoking the listener to constantly generate and encourage expectations of a rhythm, gradually unfolding in time

As a result of experiments it became clear that a musical composition is capable of activating the amygdala, hippocampus and auditory cortex that helps us to process emotions, sounds, learn, and make memories. At the same time, the nucleus accumbens, which was previously associated with joy and is activated only when listeners were faced with the manifestations of insecurity in songs or with unfamiliar chords. An unusual experiment has led scientists to the conclusion that we like the songs we expected to hear a certain chord, but suddenly we meet the other than expected.

Scientists are convinced that the integration of computer modeling and visualization of the brain can give an understanding of why we like one or another musical composition

Research staff suggest that the original results will find application in various fields, starting from and ending at the development of algorithms and even in forecasting future musical trends.

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