New Research: Listeners Synchronize Brain Activity With Musicians

Brain Waves

According to new research by Chinese neuroscientists, something extraordinary happens during a musical performance: the brain activity of listeners appears to sync up with the brain activity of the musician playing music for them. Yes, anyone who’s ever seen an awesome concert now has confirmation: Musicians and crowds really are connecting, at a neurological level.

“These findings suggest that neural synchronization between the audience and the performer might serve as an underlying mechanism for the positive reception of musical performance,” reads a paper about the research. “This study expands our understanding of music appreciation.”

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Research: DMT’s Effects on Brainwaves Could Explain Consciousness

By Kristin Houser – Re-Blogged From Futurism
“It’s like dreaming but with your eyes open.”

In April, Imperial College London launched the Centre for Psychedelic Research, a first-of-its-kind facility focused on the study of mind-altering substances.

While much of that research has centered on psilocybin and LSD, one team out of the Centre recently published a study focused dimethyltryptamine (DMT), the ingredient that makes the psychoactive brew ayahuasca cause hallucinations — and they say the insights gleaned from that research could help us finally understand consciousness.

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