Scientists are still trying to figure out how music affects our brain and why, just like any other art, we all experience it differently. But new discoveries in understanding the physical effect of music on the human brain are made all the time. It has been revealed that music can modify the brain structure, affect the taste of beer, and make men more attractive; it also turns out that the upbeat Beatles and the depressive Nortt are equally as good at making us feel better. In this ITMO.NEWS article, find out what scientists have learned about our relationship with music.
The annual international conference on nanophotonics and metamaterials kicked off on 18 September in Vladivostok at the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU). The conference brings together more than 230 scientists and researchers from all over the world. The conference is organized by ITMO University and FEFU with the support of the Mediterranean Institute of Fundamental Physics (MIFP) and Russian Science Foundation. During the week, participants of METANANO-2017 will discuss the latest advances in the field of metamaterials, nanophotonics, terahertz radiation, and optical engineering, as well as get acquainted with the culture and history of Vladivostok.
"Scientists have at last proved that cats are liquid!" - such ironic posts by cat lovers filled the Internet after the latest Ig Nobel prize awards. Surely, the Ig Nobel prize is often treated as a joke, yet it actually sets forth important questions, like what science is really about, and whom it should serve? Which research is important and which not? Does science leave any place for creativity, and can research be treated as useless only because it makes us laugh?
Research shows that our brains make decisions up to 10 seconds before we realize it. The subconscious mind is often associated with something mystical, as if decisions are something that can’t be felt or detected. But from a scientific standpoint, decisions are just a result of chemical and biological processes in the brain. Each of these decisions is the result of a competition between the brain cells, natural selection-style. Ilya Martynov, head of neural therapy for children with ADHD at the Brain Development Center, spoke about the brain’s decision process, formation of interests and how to concentrate, at a speaking session as part of the “Brain: Universe Inside Us” project.