If you’ve ever wanted to see the ending of a song, now is the time to do it.
According to a new study, your brain might need a few minutes to process the music before it can produce a clear sound.
The study, published in the journal Neuropsychologia, also found that the neural circuitry that plays the final sound can also play a role in what happens after a song is played.
The study, which was led by Dr. Andrew Hsu of the University of California, Los Angeles, and published in Neuropsychology, analyzed recordings of more than 30,000 people playing songs in an online context.
A second team of scientists analyzed how the brains of participants experienced the song and recorded the sound with fMRI.
Hsu’s team also used brain scans to study the brain activity of people who played a song that was presented as an image, as opposed to a real song.
They found that participants who experienced a real, real song did not show a significant change in their brain activity during playback of the image.
This suggests that participants did not consciously select the song, the researchers say.
What’s the takeaway?
The results indicate that the brain is more complex than we previously thought, Hsu says.
In particular, people might not fully understand the meaning of what’s going on during playback, but they are more sensitive to the final product.
That means the more times you hear the final version of the song from a different source, the more you will have an emotional response to it, the scientists say.
The new findings also suggest that the more we experience the final result of a musical experience, the less we think about it, Hshu says.
“So it might be that, for a certain segment of people, a good song will be a very pleasurable experience.”
This is the first study to directly link the emotional experience of hearing a final version to the processing of a final song.
The findings also show that the final image may not be a “final” version of a piece of music, but rather a representation of an earlier state.
“This study is really a window into the neural processes underlying a person’s perception of what the music sounds like and how that perception influences their ability to make decisions about what they want to listen to next,” says Hsu.
He says the research could lead to new ways to help people with music-related disorders, including helping people understand how music can make us feel, and how it can be used to change people’s lives.
“For example, I think it’s important for music-based therapies to understand the nature of this emotional process and how we can help people understand that it’s a process rather than a singular event,” Hsu said.
“We hope this research can provide more insight into the neurobiological basis of a persons experience of music.”
The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health, and the American Psychological Association.