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And that’s a wrap!

For those of you interested in pursuing this body of knowledge further, here’s some more resources. Firstly, in the music psychology course Tim teaches through the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, …

Interested in studying further?

The Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University is one of Australia’s leading music and performing arts schools, offering a wide variety of specialist degrees, from classical music, jazz, opera, popular music to …

The story of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Let’s give you a refresher on Bohemian Rhapsody and what was going on around the song in 1975 and 1991/1992 when it was a hit. So here we get to …

Bohemian expectations

Now we will look at how the way the different sections of Bohemian Rhapsody are ordered, to explain just how Queen make different parts of the song feel really good. …

Playing with when things happen

One of the things about music, in almost any style, is that we have expectations about different sections of the song happening in a certain order. In almost every pop …

How expectations create goosebumps

The music psychologist Jaak Panksepp did a fascinating series of experiments where he was interested in measuring the musical experience of ‘chills’: that bodily sensation where the hairs on your …

Welcome back

Welcome back to the final week of the course. We’re so pleased you could join us as we continue our journey to understanding why Bohemian Rhapsody makes you feel so …

Music and emotion

Our emotions are not only physiological and cognitive but they’re also very much about the events that occur to us. We not only feel emotions, but we feel emotions about …

Comparing new music to old

Essentially, for music to make sense to us, our brain has to constantly compare the notes and sounds we hear to notes and sounds we’ve previously heard. In the previous …

Awareness and processing

The brain does a lot of things that we’re not aware of, because being aware of them would just get in the way. Though you think you may know nothing …

The week in review

Let’s recap week one and look forward to what’s ahead when we meet again. Thanks for joining us this week and we’re happy you’ve made it this far into the …

The neuroscience of reward and emotion

What happens to how we react to music if someone changes our brain chemistry? When you watched the Capilano Suspension Bridge experiment video, you might have been a little confused …

Music’s journey through the brain?

Music doesn’t just exist. We perceive music because we turn vibrations of the air into conscious experience. So how does that happen? At a very basic level, the music that …

Music connects us.

At concerts, we can share in a powerful emotional experience with other concertgoers we’ve never met before – music. So let’s start by watching a famous example of people clearly …

Thoughts and bodies in emotion

Emotions are both physiological and cognitive, as this famous experiment involving an attractive woman and a scary bridge demonstrates. For this step of the course, we’ve put together a video …