Why We Buy Music
New study shows what happens in the brain to make music rewarding
A new study reveals what happens in our brain when we decide to purchase a piece of music when we hear it for the first time. The study, conducted at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University and published in the journal Science on April 12, pinpoints the specific brain activity that makes new music rewarding and predicts the decision to purchase music.
Participants in the study listened to 60 previously unheard music excerpts while undergoing functional resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning, providing bids of how much they were willing to spend for each item in an auction paradigm.
Six Must Do Philadelphia Festivals
It’s not called “The City of Brotherly Love” for nothing. Philadelphia is one of the country’s hottest spots for entertainment. And if you’re heading east this Summer, you want to plan to stop by Philly for what will be a groovy time – we guarantee it!
Highlights: Made In America, Celebration Of Black Writing & The BlackStar Film Festival
10 Travel Apps
To Make Your Trip Easier, Safer and More Fun
By Stuart Houghton
Download this useful crop of digital postcards, translators, restaurant guides and more.
Even if you don't plan to phone home while away on vacation, a few well-chosen apps can serve as concierge, tour guide, translator and lifeline when you need them the most. As a tech writer and (theoretically, at least) an expert on mobile apps, I’m always on the lookout for unusual new ones that think outside the box. My recent search for new travel apps that are helpful, fun and simple to use unearthed the following 10. They should erase any doubt or guilt you might have about buying an overseas data bundle.
Murphy & The Baking Lady 5-2013