What is it about music that keeps audience engaged?
Washington D.C, Mar 10 : Ever wonder why is it that when you are listening to music, you feel pleasantly captivated and peaceful? A recent study has tried understanding the logic behind this phenomenon.
Across repeated exposures to instrumental music, inter-subject correlation decreased for music written in a familiar style, said Lucas Parra, lead author of the study suggested.
What is so cool about this is that by measuring people's brainwaves we can study how people feel about music and what makes it so special, says Madsen.
In addition, participants with formal musical training showed more inter-subject correlation and sustained it across exposures to music in an unfamiliar style. This distinguishes music from other domains, where interest drops with repetition.