To tug hearts, music first must tickle the neurons

Scientists at McGill University are trying to understand and quantify what makes music expressive. For example, what specific aspects make one version of a Beethoven sonata convey more emotion? To decipher the contribution of different musical flavorings, they had Thomas Plaunt, chairman of McGill’s piano department, perform snatches of several Chopin nocturnes on a Disklavier, …

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music must first tickle your neurons to tug at your heart