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The Affects of Music on the Brain

The Affects of Music on the Brain

Education

Published 2/19/19

By Petar PetrovThis is why music can give goosebumps to anyone listening to it; from the most sophisticated and reserved opera lover to the wildest of rockers – because one thing all music fans have in common, is the brain, the very doorway through which music flows into our consciousness and our soul.Dopamine ReleaseAll pleasurable activities like eating food, having sex, engaging in your favorite hobbies, and of course listening to music cause the release of dopamine - the hormone that makes us feel happy. A study by researchers at McGill University in Canada found that dopamine was released in the brain during two key stages of listening to music: the anticipation stage and the experience stage. This is why we don’t just derive pleasure from listening to music, but also from anticipating specific parts of it, like the mounting arousal that takes over us in the moments leading up to a favorite solo.This study is considered monumental as it captures the way in which …

The Power of Science

The Power of Science

Education

Published 5/2/18

While breathtaking in its own right, the view from the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science’s locale on Biscayne Bay isn’t the only thing that has captured the imagination of residents and visitors from around the world. Since opening on May 8, 2017, the museum has welcomed nearly a million guests through its doors, sparking awe and wonder as the only aquarium, planetarium and science museum in the city. Sitting on four acres within Downtown Miami’s waterfront Museum Park, the 250,000-square-foot campus is divided into four distinct buildings: the Aquarium, the Frost Planetarium, and the North and West Wings. This unique setting—built using leading-edge sustainability initiatives—takes guests on a journey from the ocean to the Everglades, and from the human cell to outer space. One of the focal points of the museum is the Aquarium, with its stunning 500,000-gallon Gulf Stream Aquarium exhibit that culminates in a transcendent 31-foot oculus lens into the …

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