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Published: 11 September 2013

By Andy Ross

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Why music makes our brain sing

Most of us like music. We enjoy listening to it and performing it. And here is one reason why.

In this comment in the New York Times from two neuroscientists there is a clear argument for why people buy the music they do. But even more interestingly there is evidence that our brains can predict the future! Apparently the networks in the brain store information about music, analysing it for repeating patterns and structures. Once this information is stored we are able to recall it and use it to understand what is happening in a  composition. Composers and musicians understand this and write pieces that we can understand and, most important of all, predict what is going to happen. Isn't that fantastic!