Brawn, brains, and Beatles

by Anonymous on Nov. 11th, 2012

Brawn, brains, and Beatles: the Fab Four's music inspired brain science. Abbey Road photo courtesy Sander Lamme via Flickr. Dancers photo courtesy armadillo444 via Flickr.  Photo of bodybuilder Jahn Schiller courtesy Local Fitness via Wikipedia. Einstein photo via Public Domain
Brawn, brains, and Beatles: the Fab Four's music inspired brain science. Abbey Road photo courtesy Sander Lamme via Flickr. Dancers photo courtesy armadillo444 via Flickr. Photo of bodybuilder Jahn Schiller courtesy Local Fitness via Wikipedia. Einstein photo via Public DomainCourtesy Collage by Mark Ryan
When Josef Rauschecker was a teenager, he was obsessed with the Beatles. He couldn't get enough of their music and listened to it constantly. It was this obsession that, in a way, led him to his recent research in brain science, i.e. how the human brain remembers musical phrases. Rauschecker, a neurophysiologist at Georgetown University's Department of Neuroscience, studied what areas of the brain became active when volunteers were listening to albums of their favorite music. The results surprised even the good doctor. What they showed was evidence that the area of the brain that controls our muscular activity, is also the region that remembers musical sequences. You'd think the auditory area of the brain would be the place where the memory is stored - that's what Rauschecker thought, and a little bit was found to be stored there. But the bulk was stored in the brain's motor control region. I don't know if it's relative to Rauschecker's study, but it kind of makes sense to me that some musical memory would be stored in the same gray-matter sector where dance moves originate.

SOURCE
NPR report.

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