music

Music improves social communication in autistic children

Published: 5Nov2018

Engaging in musical activities such as singing and playing instruments in one-on-one therapy can improve autistic children’s social communication skills, improve their family’s quality of life, as...

CNN | Children playing the guitar to heal

Published: 26Feb2018

Scientific research supports theories that music is healing. "The studies show that music can create profound neurochemical and biological changes, tangible, demonstrable ones," said psychologist...

Being a musician can help you decipher language in loud environments 

Published: 11Dec2017

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown that musical training helps people hear speech syllables in loud environments, and has shown how this happens....

Sex, drugs, and rock & roll chemistry in the brain

Published: 8Feb2017

The same brain-chemical system that mediates feelings of pleasure from sex, recreational drugs, and food is also critical to experiencing musical pleasure, according to a study by McGill University...

Lack of joy from music linked to brain disconnection

Published: 4Jan2017

Have you ever met someone who just wasn’t into music? They may have a condition called specific musical anhedonia, which affects three-to-five per cent of the population....

Don’t scan so close to me

Published: 15Aug2016

What does the 1960s Beatles hit “Girl” have in common with Astor Piazzolla’s evocative tango composition “Libertango”?...

$17 Million to shape the future of music

Published: 3Jun2016

​McGill Newsroom  This significant investment of public and private support will redefine the future of music research in Canada by transforming the way musicians compose, listen and perform music.

Scientists create a new way to categorize music

Published: 10May2016

A team of scientists from McGill University, the University of Cambridge, and Stanford Graduate School of Business developed a new method of coding and categorizing music. They found that people’s...

Find a partner who marches to the beat of your own drum

Published: 9Feb2016

By Cynthia Lee Newsroom Everyone marches to the beat of their own drum: From walking to talking to producing music, different people’s movements occur at different speeds.

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