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Listening to classical music modulates genes that are responsible for brain functions

posted Mar 23, 2015, 3:33 PM by Arthur C. Lee   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 2:14 PM ]
"Although listening to music is common in all societies, the biological determinants of listening to music are largely unknown. According to a new study, listening to classical music enhanced the activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic neurotransmission, learning and memory, and down-regulated the genes mediating neurodegeneration. Several of the up-regulated genes were known to be responsible for song learning and singing in songbirds, suggesting a common evolutionary background of sound perception across species."