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What is it about music that keeps audience engaged?

ANI | Updated: Mar 10, 2019 14:26 IST

<p>Washington D.C. [USA], Mar 10 (ANI): Ever wonder why is it that when you are listening to music, you feel pleasantly captivated and peaceful? A recent study has tried understanding the logic behind this phenomenon.<br />According to their findings, published in the latest issue of "Scientific Reports," a listener's engagement decreases with repetition of music, but only for familiar music pieces. However, unfamiliar musical styles can sustain an audience's interest, in particular for individuals with some musical training.<br />"Across repeated exposures to instrumental music, inter-subject correlation decreased for music written in a familiar style," said Lucas Parra, lead author of the study suggested.  <br />"What is so cool about this is that by measuring people's <a href="/search?query=brainwaves">brainwaves</a> we can study how people feel about music and what makes it so special," says Madsen.<br />In addition, participants with formal musical training showed more inter-subject correlation and sustained it across exposures to music in an unfamiliar style. This distinguishes music from other domains, where interest drops with repetition. (ANI)<br /></p>
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