Tag: Victoria Williamson

  • How to Improve Your Well-Being through Music

    How to Improve Your Well-Being through Music

    Dr. Victoria Williamson still remembers the first time she saw the brain scan of someone who was listening to their favorite piece of music. The scan showed a scene of intense activation — it looked like the entire brain was lit up and buzzing. The moment confirmed something she’s always believed and has since spent […]

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  • Improvisation and the Brain

    Improvisation and the Brain

    We recently found this fantastic piece on how musical improvisation affects the brain on Vicky Williamson’s blog Music Psychology and she graciously allowed us to post it here. Vicky teaches and researches on the relationship between music and the brain at The University of Sheffield. Check out more of her writing here. Hello Dear Reader, It is […]

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  • Sam Smith, Brian Williams, and the Science of a Song Getting Stuck in Your Head

    Sam Smith, Brian Williams, and the Science of a Song Getting Stuck in Your Head

    I have always been fascinated by songs that sound alike. I love the kind of artists’ mindmeld that happens when multiple songs released around the same time converge in similar sound. I love when musicians pay homage to their favorite influences. I love trying to pick out samples in songs. And I love the gossipy […]

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