Neurobiology: Music, maestro, please!

  title={Neurobiology: Music, maestro, please!},
  author={Alison Abbott},
  • A. Abbott
  • Published 7 March 2002
  • Art, Biology
  • Nature
Neuroscientists are starting to discover how our brains process music. This involves distinct neural circuits, but a mystery remains. Why are melody, harmony and rhythm so important to us? Alison Abbott tunes in. 
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