Nature 2009 Aug;460(7256):695-6
Iperception 2021 Jan-Feb;12(1):2041669520985537. Epub 2021 Feb 3.
Crossmodal Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
Ambient smell has long been a feature of live performance, no matter whether its presence was intentional or not. While, once upon a time, the incidental presence of malodour was an inevitable feature of proceedings, the deliberate use of scent can actually be traced all the way back to the earliest rituals. This review attempts to trace the long history of scent's use in processions, pageants, and, most important, performance. Read More
Front Hum Neurosci 2020 11;14:32. Epub 2020 Feb 11.
Department of Psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy.
The aim of the study was to investigate the neural processing of congruent vs. incongruent affective audiovisual information (facial expressions and music) by means of ERPs (Event Related Potentials) recordings. Stimuli were 200 infant faces displaying Happiness, Relaxation, Sadness, Distress and 32 piano musical pieces conveying the same emotional states (as specifically assessed). Read More
Sci Rep 2018 12 13;8(1):17833. Epub 2018 Dec 13.
Smart Materials Laboratory, Department of Applied Physics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, 710129, P. R. China.
Music is older than language, and for most of human history music holds our culture together. The pipe instrument is one of the most popular musical instruments of all time. Built on the foundation of previous flute and flute-like acoustic metamaterial models, we herein report the experimental results of the inverse Doppler effects discovered in two common pipe instruments - recorder and clarinet. Read More
Brain Struct Funct 2017 Jul 18;222(5):2389-2404. Epub 2016 Dec 18.
Service de Neurologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nancy, 54035, Nancy, France.
Musical entrainment is shared by all human cultures and the perception of a periodic beat is a cornerstone of this entrainment behavior. Here, we investigated whether beat perception might have its roots in the earliest stages of auditory cortical processing. Local field potentials were recorded from 8 patients implanted with depth-electrodes in Heschl's gyrus and the planum temporale (55 recording sites in total), usually considered as human primary and secondary auditory cortices. Read More
J Anthropol Sci 2016 Jun 18;94:99-111. Epub 2015 Feb 18.
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-7772, USA; School for Advanced Research Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, USA,
Fossil and comparative primatological evidence suggest that alterations in the development of prehistoric hominin infants kindled three consecutive evolutionary-developmental (evo-devo) trends that, ultimately, paved the way for the evolution of the human brain and cognition. In the earliest trend, infants' development of posture and locomotion became delayed because of anatomical changes that accompanied the prolonged evolution of bipedalism. Because modern humans have inherited these changes, our babies are much slower than other primates to reach developmental milestones such as standing, crawling, and walking. Read More