Mental puzzles underlie music’s delight

Brain activity reflects how much people enjoy a particular new tune

By Meghan Rosen, 12:25 PM April 11, 2013

Whether you’re rocking out to Britney Spears or soaking up Beethoven’s classics, you may be enjoying music because it stimulates a guessing game in your brain.

This mental puzzling explains why humans like music, a new study suggests. By looking at activity in just one part of the brain, researchers could predict roughly how much volunteers dug a new song.

When people hear a new tune they like, a clump of neurons deep within their brains bursts into excited activity, researchers report Apr...

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