Cognitive Dissonance: Musicians’ Brains React Differently to Inharmonious Sounds

    From a general perspective, harmony in music is the balance of the proportions between the different parts of a whole, which causes a feeling of pleasure. “When we listen to music, each sound we hear helps us to imagine what is coming next. It what we expect is fulfilled, we feel satisfied. But if not, we may be pleasantly surprised or upset”, comments Carlota Pagès Portabella, a researcher with the Language and Comparative Cognition research group (LCC) at the Center for Brain and Cognition (CBC).

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