1 Department of Biological Sciences, UMass Lowell, Lowell, MA 01821, USA
2 Department of Nursing, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA, USA
Audio files of spontaneous signal streams generated by ex vivo neuronal networks cultured on multi-electrode arrays generated an oscillating sine wave with an inherent musical quality. This was not anticipated considering that synaptic signals are “all - or – none”, and therefore digital, events.
These findings may provide insight into why music can be perceived as pleasurable and invoke a calm mood despite that music is ultimately perceived and stored as a series of digital signals; it is speculated that music may reinforce and/or enhance this spontaneous digital stream.
Results and Conclusion:
These findings also support the relationship between music and mathematics.
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