The science of air guitar and car karaoke: How music teaches our brains to imagine what’s coming …

What part of the brain responds to music? Neuroscientists have been looking for this zealously for years, and their efforts have taken at least one step forward. Brain scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have gotten close to what the New York Times has called, in a new story on the research, “The Music Channel in the Brain” and the brain’s “music room.” One of the things the research showed was the connection between music and speech. “Importantly,” Natalie Angier wrote, “the M.I.T. team demonstrated that the speech and music circuits are in different parts of the brain’s sprawling auditory cortex, where all sound signals are interpreted, and that each is largely deaf to the other’s sonic cues, although there is some overlap when it comes to responding to…


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