Sound Science Podcast with Dr. Yewande Pearse
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Born of a mutual love of science and music, Yewande believes that science is for everyone and music is a universal language. Sound Science Podcast is a monthly podcast about the science stories that affect our lives and have in some way influenced music. With the help of experts in the fields of both music and science, Yewande brings you stories straight out of the lab that will make you hear science differently.

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    Women of Science

    Inspired by Massive Science's Science Hero Series, this episode features some of our favorite women in science.

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    The Brain and Grief

    This month’s episode is about the way the brain processes loss and why we experience the emotion of grief. We’ll be thinking about the evolutionary relevance of grief, how the brain modulates it’s own experience of grief, and what actually happens in the brain when it experiences what is considered “normal grief." We will also be looking at the healing power of music by exploring how one organization has used it to help countless youth during times of loss.

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    The Left-brain vs. the Right-brain

    At some point in your life, someone may have asked you whether you are left brained, or right brained. Or maybe you have heard someone proudly proclaim that they are right brained. This months show is all about ‘The Left Brain Vs. Right Brain’ and the long held belief that people tend to have a personality or style of thinking that is either “right-brained or left-brained." As a musician is your right-brain really doing all the work? Myth, half myth or truth? Press play to find out.

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    The Science of Rhythm

    This month on Sound Science Podcast, we ask what happens between our ears in response to incoming rhythmic sensory inputs - in other words, how do we find the beat? Moving to the music that we hear is an intuitive behavior bestowed upon us before we can even walk. As we develop into adults, we start doing it on purpose. Some of us are quite good at it, while some of us would swear we have no sense of rhythm, but can rhythm be taught? For a small percentage of the population with a condition called “beat deafness” - the answer may be no and we explore why. On the flip side, drummers provide the timing and rhythmic foundation in a musical ensemble, we ask what it means to create rhythm in this way and look into how drum music, can be therapeutic in treating a number of neurological disorders, regardless of how well we move.

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    Sleep and Rave Culture

    We’re all familiar with the idea that we should be getting an average of 8 hours of sleep a night. But we are not all as familiar as to why. And for some of us, the value we place on a good night sleep is trumped by the value we place on the underground music scenes that have thrived on staying up all night, nourishing us in a different way. This month on Sound Science, we explore the science of sleep and pay tribute to rich underground night time music scenes past and new, asking whether we can enjoy dancing the night away, while maintaining good sleep health.

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    Psychedelics in Science and Music

    The Psychedelic era of the mid-60s was a time of social, musical and artistic change influenced by psychedelic drugs, but behind the cultural curtain, a world of research was beginning to open up into the therapeutic potential of these drugs - one that was unfortunately short lived. In 1970, President Richard Nixon called Timothy Leary, the Harvard psychologist famously known for advocating the exploration of the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs as a cure-all for societies woes, "the most dangerous man in America." As a backlash to their role in the cultural upheaval of the 1960s, the majority of these drugs were declared illegal, driving hallucinogenic research and culture underground. Now, these drugs are in the midst of a revival, as new research indicates treatment options for a variety of mental illnesses and disorders, too valuable not to investigate. As psychedelic drug research bubbles back up to the surface in labs across the globe - we ask whether these drugs have a role beyond disease and if their use in creative practice will ever loose the stigma.

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    Why Heart Break Feels like Physical Pain

    Think about the last physical pain you experienced vs. how it felt when you broke up with an ex. On the surface, these two events are completely different. However, cultures around the world use the same language—words like “hurt” and “pain”—to describe both experiences. This month on Sound Science, we explore what is going on in your brain when you experience emotional pain and why social pain, is more than just a metaphor.