Mood-Altering Messenger Goes Nuclear

Serotonin is best known for its role as a chemical messenger in the brain, helping to regulate mood, appetite, sleep, and many other functions. It exerts these influences by binding to its receptor on the surface of neural cells. But startling new work suggests the impact of serotonin does not end there: the molecule also can enter a cell’s nucleus and directly switch on genes. 

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Music captivates listeners and synchronizes their brainwaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music has the ability to captivate us; when listeners engage with music, they follow its sounds closely, connecting to what they hear in an affective and invested way. But what is it about music that keeps the audience engaged? A study by researchers from The City College of New York and the University of Arkansas charts new ground in understanding the neural responses to music.

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How listening to music ‘significantly impairs’ creativity


Summary: The popular view that music enhances creativity has been challenged by researchers who say it has the opposite effect. Psychologists investigated the impact of background music on performance by presenting people with verbal insight problems that are believed to tap creativity. They found that background music ‘significantly impaired’ people’s ability to complete tasks testing verbal creativity — but there was no effect for background library noise.

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Learn the science of making music from world-class pros with Noiselab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to software like Ableton, anyone can create chart-topping music at home. However, making sweet music is harder than you might think. Noiselab helps you master the process, from music theory to production, with 45 hours of video tutorials from top pros. You can get a lifetime membership to this learning library now for just $29 at the PopSci Shop.

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Want to Learn Something New? Here Are 10 Awesome Online Courses You Can Take Right Now For Under $70

 

If you’re anything like us, you have a huge list of skills that you want to master in your lifetime.

The problem is, it takes time and often a lot of money in order to not just learn but excel at something new.

While researchers have debunked the idea that you need 10,000 hours to become an expert at something, there’s still the issue of finding affordable and accessible courses. It’s even better if you can do them from the comfort of your own couch.

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Al Gromer Khan is a German-born sitar player and composer whose music spans the genres of Ambient, New Age, World and Electronica.

He is the author of four novels and has been involved in German National-Radio documentaries on music for more than 25 years.

 

 

 

He is also a visual artist. In 2015 the Indo-German Society awarded Al Gromer Khan the RABINDRANATH TAGORE CULTURAL PRIZE for his lifetime achievement as a musician/performer of sitar and surbahar of the highest order, as well as for his work as a composer, writer and visual artist.

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