Do Our Brains Respond Differently to Classical Music and to Pop? (Pacific Standard)

Music LIVENew research suggests that our brains respond to popular and classical music in dissimilar ways. The researchers write in the journal PLOS ONE that the different types of music stimulated different patterns in the brain’s reward circuitry. “The sub-cortical reward region was more sensitive to popular music,” they write, “while the cortical region was more sensitive to artistic music….In addition, the cognitive empathy regions…were more responsive to artistic music than popular music.”

Pacific Standard adds that because theirs was a small study, it calls out to be replicated, perhaps testing subjects with jazz.

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