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Music and the Mind: Psyche Loui on the Neuroscience of Creativity

Have you ever had chills listening to a song that really resonated with you? In this episode, Tristra Newyear Yeager sits down with Dr. Psyche Loui to explore what the heck is happening in our brains when we listen to music. What technology are scientists using to navigate the unique intersection between psychology, neuroscience, and music?

Find out how fine tuning atmospheric music can enhance certain brain frequencies and trigger specific brain activity, such as sustained attention. Discover how the latest tech advancements in connected brain listening have helped improve working memory in elderly patients. How will a more complete understanding of our neurological response to music influence the music content created? Will we be tuning into Spotify playlists of brain based compositions in the near future? Listen to find out.


Psyche Loui

MINDLab - Music Imaging and Neural Dynamics Lab

Brain.fm - functional music designed to affect listeners’ mental state.

Oscillo Biosciences - Using sound and light to treat Alzheimer’s Disease (Dr. Loui is an adviser)

Music in the Brain - MIT Lab Study

Music and the Brain - Harvard


0:53 - Dr Psyche Loui introduction, background, and experience.

1:52 - Dr Psyche Loui origin story with music and connection to science.

3:47 - What the heck happens in our brains when we listen to music?!

7:58 - Do our listening choices shape our brain?

10:35 - What makes music “special” in our brains? Is there a connection between music and pleasure in our brains?

15:39 - How can we fine tune atmospheric music to trigger specific brain activity, such as sustained attention?

21:22 - Dr Psyche Loui’s advice for being more engaged listeners and the future of brain based composing.

24:55 - How does an enhanced technology and understanding of the brain have a greater impact?


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The Music Tectonics podcast goes beneath the surface of the music industry to explore how technology is changing the way business gets done. Weekly episodes include interviews with music tech movers & shakers, deep dives into seismic shifts, and more.