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Pitch/Fork: The Relationship Between Sound And Taste


Sometimes a toffee sounds really good–not just the suggestion of it, but the actual toffee itself. That’s according to a study that found altering the pitch and type of instruments used in an accompanying soundtrack can modify the way food tastes. The experiment was conducted using background music that was developed based on previous research [...]

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Budgies remember the sound of their mates

What do shingleback lizards, budgerigars and Mexican grey wolves all have in common? All these animals are monogamous: they generally mate with a partner for a substantial period of time, in many cases to raise offspring together. An obviously important prerequisite to being monogamous is having the ability to recognise your partner, even if you [...]

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Exploring the Musical Brain at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

graphic showing musical notes

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Wandering through what seems like miles of presentations, posters, and excited scientists at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) meeting, I can’t help but overhear a lot. Conversations about everything from the ventral medial prefrontal cortex to fMRI; social rewards to serotonin. There is something about the buzzing hum of thousands of voices and [...]

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Like Nails on a Chalkboard


Paintings by some fine artists can be used to thought-provoking effect as illustrations on news or blog posts about scientific advancements. One fine artist who frequently comes to mind  for me when I am asked to recommend an illustrator is painter Michelle Hunter. Hunter focuses on the brain (see an earlier Symbiartic post here) and [...]

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Ahhh, Music To My… Eyes?


If you couldn’t hear, would music still resonate with you? Whether you listen to opera, death metal or jazz, most hearing individuals would agree that music is one of the sublime pleasures in life. But what if you lost your ability to hear? Would you ever be able to enjoy music again? Or perhaps you [...]

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