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Melodies come straight from heart but some researchers are on the way to prove that melodies are more closer to mind than heart. Researchers at Dartmouth ore getting closer to understanding how some melodies hove a tendency to stick in your head or why hearing a particular song can bring back a high school dance. They have found and mapped the area in your brain that processes and tracks music. It's a place that's also active during reasoning and memory retrieval. The study indicates that knowledge about the harmonic relationships of music is maintained in the rostromedial prefrontal cortex, which is centrally located, right behind the forehead. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiments, the researchers asked their eight subjects, who all had some degree of musical experience to listen to a piece of original music. The music was specifically crafted to shift in particular ways between and around the more...


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