On our daily life, people enjoy music based on their preferences and on the occasion, they are situated in. Today I learned that there is a relationship between humans and music; embodied music cognition, such relationship allows to interpret the perception of musical activities in humans. For example, when people goes to parties they celebrate usually with music in order to feel happy and to have a pleasant time. When people are dancing in a party they produce movements according to the rhythm of the music and also based on their previous experience of having seen other people dancing the same music as they are.
The interpretation of the movement that is produced by humans while they listen to music is collected using the Qualisys motion capture system. Music scientists evaluate music performances to study this relationship between humans and music. To achieve good results, scientists look for at least two people to be evaluated through this system, once they convince a client or an external person, these people go the Motorists Lab as is the case at the University of Jyväskylä. There, experts prepare people by putting on them devices that reflect their bodies through cameras. Next, music scientists play some music and proposed them a free dance in a certain scenario where scientists cannot psychical see them until they have finished collecting the data. These type of studies helps also to interpret the affective response of people based on musical preference and background music.
The effectiveness of music on human activities helps them to express their emotions. As a chemistry major, I have found these types of experiments amazing because music scientists are not only evaluating the embodied music cognition on people, they are also bringing data that can be useful by neuroscientists and psychologists, for example. In this way, we can see that the music field has a significant role in the world. I have learned so much through this course that I cannot believe that this field is sometimes underestimated as Peter Banks also believe, a chemistry teacher at The Purcell school. Banks arguments, “arts are just as vital to our pupils’ education as the sciences” (Banks).
The musical expression forms an essential part of this art. Since professional musicians are also required for these types of tests, issues such as depression among musicians could be interpreted as well in the future. More than ever, I’m anxious to continue learning more about this wonderful science that the art of music has created over the years.
Peter Banks1 July. “Chemistry and music.” Education in Chemistry. N.p., 30 June 2016. https://eic.rsc.org/feature/chemistry-and-music/2000070.article