Your Brain on Music

Science starts to unravel the mystery of our natural affinity for song

Dr. Levitin tries to pinpoint the region responsible for the inexplicable popularity of Soulja Boy's "Crank Dat"
courtesy of Dr. Daniel Levitin
Dr. Levitin tries to pinpoint the region responsible for the inexplicable popularity of Soulja Boy's "Crank Dat"

Beyond, or maybe because of, its involvement in critical brain areas, music is something capable of spanning wide social and cultural chasms. It brings people of disparate backgrounds together, partly through its ability to concisely address universal human truths, and partly, it would seem, because of something even more innate.

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