Music and language!

Music and language: two sides of the human communication coin …

This is the start of a brilliant quote from the minds of Prof Nina Kraus and Dr Jessica Slater.

… while language is effective for semantically precise communication, the great strength of music lies in its facilitation of social bonding and shared emotion. Both systems of communication are derived from the fundamental building blocks of sound, its inherent harmonic properties, and its temporal patterns. In many senses music and language are sewn from the same cloth, but their complementary strengths may have played distinct and important roles in the emergence of human cognition and learning.”

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Their work, and the field of neuromusical research, is revealing not only the wonders of sound but how our brain uses them to grow and learn. Music and language, sewn from the same cloth.

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