MIT researchers find new ways into brain’s ‘music room’

Comments Print By Natalie Angier New York Times  February 09, 2016 NEW YORK — Given the antiquity, universality, and deep popularity of music, many researchers had long assumed the human brain must be equipped with some sort of music room, cortical architecture dedicated to detecting and interpreting the dulcet signals of song. Yet for years scientists failed to find any clear evidence of a music-specific domain. Now, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have devised a radical new approach to brain imaging that reveals what past studies had missed. By mathematically analyzing scans of the auditory cortex and grouping clusters of brain cells with similar activation patterns, scientists have identified neural pathways that react almost exclusively to the sound of music — any music. The method could be used to dissect…


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