Instinctually Musical

04/06/11
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Lawrence Parsons

Lawrence Parsons is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. His early research on action, spatial reasoning and object recognition was followed by his current work in reasoning, language, emotion and the improvisation of music and dancing.

When you think about music as a survival instinct, taking the edge off a long train ride is probably what first comes to mind. But neuroscientist Lawrence Parsons wants you to think a little farther back—way back to our evolutionary beginnings. In this clip, Parsons explains how music has helped early humans survive, and how positive feedback from our brain keeps us coming back for more.