Working with fMRI scans, some MIT researchers have come up with an algorithm to show how music tickles the auditory cortex like no other type of sound can.
The team’s research report ran in the journal Neuron, and the New York Times picked it up for consumer science coverage on Jan. 8.
The Times piece includes insights from a Georgetown professor of neuroscience and cognition who strikes a resonant chord suggesting that that humans’ special sensitivity to music may pre-date our propensity for the spoken or written word.
“Some even argue that speech evolved from music,” says Josef Rauschecker, PhD, DSc.
Here’s a link to the story on the fascinating findings: