ERIC Number: EJ1065049
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Publication Date: 2015-Jun
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How and Why Does Music Move Us?: Answers from Psychology and Neuroscience
Hodges, Donald A.; Wilkins, Robin W.
Music Educators Journal, v101 n4 p41-47 Jun 2015
What scientific evidence can music educators share with their community stakeholders concerning how and why music moves us so powerfully? Five key points derived from recent psychological and neuroscientific findings are (1) Network Science is a new technique that allows researchers to examine the brain's interconnectivity as people listen to music; (2) the Default Mode Network is a set of interconnecting brain networks that are involved in conscious awareness, self-reflection, and autobiographical memories and emotions; (3) when people listen to preferred music, there is dynamic interconnectivity in the Default Mode Network, linking music to self-awareness, along with associated personal histories, core emotional memories, and empathy; (4) musical training leads to numerous changes in the brain that have implications for music learning; and (5) scientific evidence supports the powerful role that music plays in enhancing quality of life.
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Teachers, Music Activities, Music Appreciation, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Networks, Emotional Response, Memory, Self Concept, Empathy, Quality of Life, Psychological Patterns, Evaluation Methods, Cognitive Psychology, Research, Diagnostic Tests
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