Waking up. Working out. Riding the bus. Music is an ever-present companion for many of us, and its impact is undeniable. You know music makes you move and triggers emotional responses, but how and why? What changes when you play music, rather than simply listen? In the latest episode of Tech Effects, we tried to find out. Our first stop was USC's Brain & Creativity Institute, where I headed into the fMRI to see how my brain responded to musical cues—and how my body did, too. (If you're someone who experiences frisson, that spine-tingling, hair-raising reaction to music, you know what I'm talking about.) We also talked to researchers who have studied how learning to play music can help kids become better problem-solvers, and to author Dan Levitin, who helped break down how the entire brain gets involved when you hear music. From there, we dove into music's potential as a therapeutic tool—something Gabrielle Giffords can attest to. When the onetime congresswoman was shot … [Read more...] about How Does Music Affect Your Brain? Every Imaginable Way
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SOME describe the feeling as a gentle tingling that starts from the head and runs quickly down the spine. It's triggered by any number of sights and sounds, from watching someone brush their hair, to hearing a lick or kissing sound in your ear. But ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is far more than just a feeling. An online community of millions has sprung up on YouTube, with fans chasing their next ASMR rush turning to a small group of stars who post new videos every week. In the clips, ASMR "artists" – often women wearing skimpy clothes – make sensual sounds into a microphone in a bid to give bated viewers that coveted tingle, described by some as a "brain orgasm". Some make videos full time, racking up hundreds of thousands of views per clip and even selling branded T-shirts for £30 a pop. Sarah Toth, a 27-year-old ASMR artist based in the United States, has been making ASMR videos for four years. Through YouTube and various other online ASMR … [Read more...] about How I make £75k a year LICKING microphones to give YouTube viewers ‘brain orgasms’
By Fatima Ansari Published: February 6, 2019 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email The Sahiwal incident is the latest example where we saw journalists frisk around the ill-fated victims already targeted by the CTD. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE Humans are not naturally empathetic creatures – a primary reason behind cataclysmic wars, the rise in extra-judicial killings, as well as the growing hostility towards people escaping calamities. As the world spirals into chaos, the ability to consciously acknowledge the condition of individuals undergoing distress and mentally processing their misery has nearly vanished. But then again, did such an ability exist to begin with? There is a silent conflict between those struck by a persisting crisis and those privileged enough to smoothly slither their way out of it unscathed. Humans are prone to living completely autonomous lives, but it seems that outside genetically established and social relationships, it is difficult to sense or even … [Read more...] about From APS to Sahiwal: Does Pakistani media have an empathy problem?
In Anchorage, Alaska, in the bleakest midwinter, the Sun rises just after 10am, hovers close to the horizon for a few hours, and dips back down again shortly before 4pm—all in all, just five hours and 28 minutes of daylight. Around that winter solstice (just in time for Christmas), Spotify listeners in the most northerly latitudes of the world dial down the intensity of their music choices, choosing calmer and more relaxing music. No, it's not because of chilled-out Christmas playlists: in the Southern Hemisphere, the exact opposite happens, with a peak in intensity just after the summer solstice in December. A paper in Nature Human Behaviour this week drew on the listening data of nearly a million Spotify listeners from around the world, describing the daily and seasonal variations in how people listen. The researchers suggest that the results point to a universal human habit that probably sounds familiar: choosing your music to both match and change your mood. Morning music vs. … [Read more...] about Spotify data shows how music preferences change with latitude
Movies are often described as a visual medium, but what we hear has as much impact as what we see."Depending to what degree the director unleashes you," says movie sound designer Johnnie Burn, "you can hugely change people's interpretation of the image."Burn made his name working on the sound for the famous Guinness Surfer advert, as well as the avant garde Scarlett Johansson film Under The Skin. Director Yorgos Lanthimos was so impressed with Burn's soundscapes that he recruited Burn to work on his highly acclaimed and highly idiosyncratic films The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and his new movie The Favourite -- in US theatres on 21 November and Australia and the UK from 26 December.Starring Olivia Colman, Rachael Weisz and and Emma Stone as feuding noblewomen, this blackly comic period tale required Burn and his team to recreate the sound of an 18th century palace -- using 21st century technology. I chatted to Burn on the phone about the process of … [Read more...] about How an iPhone and a hairy hamster create magic movie sound