Network science: A new method for investigating the complexity of musical experiences in the brain

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Donald A. Hodges, Professor Emeritus (Creator)
Robin W. Wilkins (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Network science is a rapidly emerging analysis method for investigating complex systems, suchas the brain, in terms of their components and the interactions among them. Within the brain,music affects an intricate set of complex neural processing systems. These include structuralcomponents as well as functional elements such as memory, motor planning and execution,cognition and mood fluctuation. Because music affects such diverse brain systems, it is an idealcandidate for applying network science methods. Using as naturalistic an approach as possible,the authors investigated whether listening to different genres of music affected brainconnectivity. Here the authors show that varying levels of musical complexity affect brainconnectivity. These results suggest that network science offers a promising new method to studythe dynamic impact of music on the brain.

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Leonardo, 45(3), 282-283
Language: English
Date: 2012
neuroscience, network science, music and the brain, neural impact of music

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