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Author: Camilla Shumaker

Overcoming Bias About Music Puts the Brain to Work

Expectations and biases play a large role in our experiences. This has been demonstrated in studies involving art, wine and even soda. In 2007, Joshua Bell, an internationally acclaimed musician, illustrated the role context plays in our enjoyment of music when he played his Stradivarius violin in a Washington, D.C., subway, and commuters passed by without a second glance. Elizabeth Margulis, Distinguished Professor of music theory and music cognititon at the U of A, along with psychology researchers at Arizona State University and the University of Connecticut, studied this phenomenon and recently published their results in Scientific Reports. They...

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