Music captivates listeners and synchronizes their brainwaves

Music has the ability to captivate us; when listeners engage with music, they follow its sounds closely, connecting to what they hear in an affective and invested way. But what is it about music that keeps the audience engaged? A study by researchers from The City College of New York and the University of Arkansas charts new ground in understanding the neural responses to music, according to Science Daily.

Despite the importance, it has been difficult to study engagement with music given the limits of self-report. This led Jens Madsen and Lucas Parra, from CCNY's Grove School of Engineering, to measure the synchronization of brainwaves in an audience. When a listener is engaged with music, their neural responses are in sync with that of other listeners, thus inter-subject correlation of brainwaves is a measure of engagement.

Actors lose their sense of self when they are in character, psychologists say

Actors lose their sense of 'self' when they take up a character, new research has shown. 

Experts asked theatre students to get into character before the study began.

They were then asked a series of questions and asked to respond as either themselves, a character, how they thought a friend would react, or in a different language.  

Scans revealed changes in two areas of the front of the brain that are linked to a person's sense of 'self', according to Daily Mail.

No wonder they're man's best friend! Study finds dogs' personalities often end up mimicking their owners' traits as they change over time

It’s said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But, when it comes to personality, it seems dogs continue making progress throughout their lifetime.

A new study has found that dogs’ personalities may change over time – and even tend to line up to match their owner’s.

The findings upend previous assumptions that dogs’ personalities are generally unchanging due to the overall stability of their lives ,according to Daily Mail.

According to the researchers, the results suggest dogs experience personality changes similar to how humans do over the course of their lives.

Older brothers really ARE the biggest bullies

Big brothers really are the biggest bullies, particularly for those in larger families.

A study has found when it comes to sibling name-calling, teasing and other types of mean behaviour, older boys tend to be the perpetrators.

Girls are more likely to be targeted by their siblings, especially if they are the babies of the family, according to Daily Mail.

Psychologists at the University of Warwick tracked the family dynamics of 6,838 siblings up until the age 12.

Why humans love horror: Study on haunted house attendees reveals harmless scares induce a 'high state of emotional arousal'

The horror genre has long maintained its popularity despite fear otherwise being a negative experience.

According to new research, this may be in part because horror entertainment gives us a sense of control over our fears and stimulates the emotions, according to Daily Mail.

In one of several recent studies designed to shed light on the phenomenon, the researchers analyzed the mental tactics used by haunted house attendees to either maximize or reduce their fear.