And thanks YogiWon/Nick/Billy Congreve:
He looks pretty soothed, hum? he he..
quote:It's William Congreve. Here's the whole quote:
"Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak."
Thanks for the savage beast soothing datums! Aaaaahhhh soothed...
though... here comes more savage beast(ly nerdismsnesses!)
Most astonishing was that the left-hemisphere regions that we found were active in tracking musical structure were the very same ones that are active when deaf people are communicating by sign language. This suggested that what we had identified in the brain wasn't a region that simply processed whether a chord sequence was sensible, or whether a spoken sentence was sensible. We were now looking at a region that responded to sight-to the visual organization of words conveyed through American Sign Language. We found evidence for the existence of a brain region that processes structure in general, when the structure in conveyed over time..
All sound begins at the eardrum. Right away, sounds get segregated by pitch. Not much lager, speech and music probably diverge into separate processing circuits... The music circuits start to decompose the signal and separately analyze pitch, timbre, contour, and rhythm. The output of the neurons performing these tasks connects to regions in the frontal lobe that put all of it together and try to figure out if there is any structure or order to the temporal patterning of it all. The frontal lobes access our hippocampus and regions in the interior of the temporal lobe and ask if there is anything in our memory banks that can help to understand this signal. Have I heard this particular pattern before? If so, when? What does it mean? Is it part of a larger sequence whose meaning is unfolding right now in front of me?
I went to a HIPpoCAMPUS, does that count?