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The Brain Is a Prediction Machine, and Music Reveals How It Works

Life is not only lived forwards – it is also experienced a little ahead of time, and now there is empirical evidence for the claim.

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Life is not only lived forwards – it is also experienced a little ahead of time, and now there is empirical evidence for the claim. AIAS Fellow Niels Chr. Hansen and collaborators have used music to understand the brain’s expectation mechanisms. The study is published in Psychological Science.

Not much evidence exist for how our brains perceive and decide when ‘something’ begins and ends as for instance a sentence, conversation or piece of music, but a research project now sheds new light on the role of the brain as a prediction machine. Full story.

Original story from Aarhus University (Technology Networks) / September 29, 2021

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