There is a whole field of study called music psychology, which brings psychology and musicology together to answer questions about how we create, perceive and respond to music. In this month's episode, we try to get to the heart of why music elicits emotion. It’s a big topic that we'll keep coming back to but in this week's show, we focus on how the brain's ability to make predictions about what we hear might explain how musical sounds become rewarding. Dr. Sophie Mort AKA Dr Soph explains why listening to music that was played a lot during an important period in our life can trigger a deeply nostalgic emotional response and how our human capacity and inclination to synchronize our body movement to music makes us feel good. She also explains how music is a language of emotion that some people feel more comfortable using to express how they are feeling, and the idea of emotional contagion which describes the phenomenon where perceiving an emotion can sometimes induce the same emotion.
Dr Sophie Mort is a Clinical Psychologist, Life Coach and Yoga Teacher. She has a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Neuroscience. She is on on a mission to get evidence-based psychology out of the therapy room and into people's lives. She offers private psychological therapy and life coaching online to people all over the world. She also shares her psychological understanding and advice on social media. Find out more about her on Drsoph.com.
About Dr. Yewande Pearse: Born and bred in North London, Dr. Yewande Pearse completed her PhD in Neuroscience at King's College London in 2016. She is now based in Los Angeles, where she works as a Research Fellow, developing a stem cell therapy treatment for a rare childhood brain disease. Outside of the lab, Yewande is a collaborator of Science Gallery Detroit, sits on the Programming Committee Spring/Summer 2019 at Navel Los Angeles, and was a TEDMED Research Scholar for the 2018 Stage Program. Yewande also writes for Massive, an online science media platform.
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