Saturday, 25 June 2016

Here's why you get sick of your favorite song

It happens all the time. A new album comes out, you listen to it, and before you know it, you have a new favorite song. So you play it again. And again. And again. It’s on loop for days: in the car, at home. Maybe you even hum it to yourself while you work. But then, all of the sudden, it changes. You get sick of that same song you once loved. So why does this happen? We asked Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, author of “On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind” and director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas, for the answer. The brain listening to music Every time we listen to music, our brain responds. Researchers have shown, using fMRI brain scans, that when listening to music, not only does the auditory cortex (that part of the brain responsible for processing sounds) light up, but other parts do as well, including brain regions involved in movement, planning, attention and memory. This means when we listen to music, we aren’t just processing so

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