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Emotional power of live music

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Release Date: 05/20/2024

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Emotional power of live music

Science Sessions are brief conversations with cutting-edge researchers, National Academy members, and policymakers as they discuss topics relevant to today's scientific community. Learn the behind-the-scenes story of work published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), plus a broad range of scientific news about discoveries that affect the world around us.

In this episode, Sascha Frühholz describes the emotional power of live music compared to recorded music.

In this episode, we cover:
• [00:00] Introduction
• [00:59] Sascha Frühholz, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Oslo, reviews the neuroscience of emotional responses to music.
• [02:02] Description of the study hypothesis regarding the difference of responses to recorded and live music.
• [02:34] Description of the experimental setup.
• [03:15] Description of the music played during the experiment, with examples.
• [04:30] Recounting of the results of the study.
• [05:05] The differences between responses to recorded and live music.
• [05:45] What the listeners knew during and after the experiment.
• [06:09] Inclusion of unpleasant music in the experiment, with examples.
• [06:49] Description of the listeners’ feelings during the experiment.
• [07:14] The musicians’ feelings about the experiment. 
• [07:42] Exploration of generalizing the results to other settings.
• [08:19] Caveats and limitations of the study.
• [09:11] Conclusion.

About Our Guest:

Sascha Frühholz
Professor
University of Oslo

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