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Musical notes on neuroscience

Friday virtual mixtape: I am a (mad) scientist

Friday virtual mixtape: I am a (mad) scientist

The first time I felt like a real scientist was when I started working in a neurobiology lab for the first time as an undergraduate. Running experiments, wearing a lab coat, and working with my hands to apply the things I'd learned about in my classes were all thrilling and novel experiences.

March 16, 2012 — Princess Ojiaku
Friday musical performance: Bjork in NYC tonight

Friday musical performance: Bjork in NYC tonight

I think Tesla would be proud to see his eponymous coils being used to play the melodies of Thunderbolt. I’m just dropping a pointer toward this Bjork performance on Later with Jools Holland for a fun start to the weekend and for a heads up on her show in New York tonight.

March 2, 2012 — Princess Ojiaku
A Song like Adele’s

A Song like Adele’s

Adele’s song Someone Like You has won both a Grammy and lots of lively speculation as to why people feel moved to tears when they hear it.

March 1, 2012 — Princess Ojiaku
A Song like Adele's

A Song like Adele's

Adele's song Someone Like You has won both a Grammy and lots of lively speculation as to why people feel moved to tears when they hear it.The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article that referenced a study by John Sloboda that found people experienced emotional reactions to music when it contained appoggiaturas, a musical device whose definition seems to be as hotly debated as the science and rationale behind the article itself.

March 1, 2012 — Princess Ojiaku
Singing Auld Lang Syne: SwM 2011 in review

Singing Auld Lang Syne: SwM 2011 in review

We’re now two days into the year 2012. You’ve recovered from any New Year’s Eve indiscretions by now, your voice is back after belting out Auld Lang Syne, and you’re looking hopefully towards the future and contemplating the past.

January 2, 2012 — Princess Ojiaku
SwM meets SfN11 Day Two: Foot-tapping beats

SwM meets SfN11 Day Two: Foot-tapping beats

Sometimes upon hearing a song, one feels an almost involuntary need to start to move to it. Is there something about a pulsing dance beat that transcends reason and makes you want to gyrate to the beat?

December 29, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku
SwM meets #Sfn11 Day One: Words, Pitch, and Rhythm

SwM meets #Sfn11 Day One: Words, Pitch, and Rhythm

Words, pitch, and rhythm. How do these three elements meld together in your brain when you listen to the sung lyrics of a song? Julia Groh of the Max Planck Institute Leipzig explored these questions during her poster session on the first day of the Society for Neuroscience conference.

November 21, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku
SwM meets #Sfn11 Day One: Words, Pitch, and Rhythm

SwM meets #Sfn11 Day One: Words, Pitch, and Rhythm

Words, pitch, and rhythm. How do these three elements meld together in your brain when you listen to the sung lyrics of a song?Julia Groh of the Max Planck Institute Leipzig explored these questions during her poster session on the first day of the Society for Neuroscience conference.

November 21, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku
SwM meets #SfN11!

SwM meets #SfN11!

I’ve been running around Washington DC for the past couple of days, walking from poster to poster wrapping my brain around the latest research in neuroscience and music, then doing some of my own “field research” by checking out a couple of rock shows in DC.

November 14, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku
Neil deGrasse Tyson sings in autotune

Neil deGrasse Tyson sings in autotune

It’s no secret that Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of my favorite astrophysicists. So when I saw this morning that he was featured in the latest Symphony of Science video (along with Brian Cox and Carolyn Porco), I was overjoyed.

November 10, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

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