Lapsed musical instrumentalists (and their disappointed parents): Take heart! The child that gets even a few years of formal musical training before quitting those weekly lessons continues to show evidence that his or her brain has been changed in ways that improve mental function, says a new study.
If you sing, dance, draw, or act — and especially if you watch others do so — you probably have an altruistic streak, according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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A musicologist at Oxford University explains why music feels so important to all our lives – and discusses the six songs that matter most to him
The Norwegian opera singer Kirsten Flagstad as Isolde. Photograph: Paul Dorsey/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
French researchers report music therapy can improve the mood of people suffering from severe Alzheimer’s disease.
What music makes coffee taste better?
Eat to the beat ... music can enhance flavours, says psychologist.
What soundtrack should accompany red wine?
Forget about a composer. Scientists have come up with music by evolution.