Whether it's the music that was playing on the radio when you met your partner or the first song your baby daughter smiled to, for many of us, music is a core part of life. And it's no wonder—there is considerable scientific evidence that foetuses experience sounds while in the womb, meaning music may affect us even before we are born.
Music can leave us with a sense of transcendental beauty or make us reach for the ear plugs. In fact, it is almost unparalleled among the arts in its ability to quickly generate an incredibly wide range of powerful emotions. But what happens in our brains and bodies when we emotionally react to music has long been a bit of a mystery. A mystery that researchers have only recently started to explore and understand.
Building on this growing understanding, we have developed neural technology—a combination of hardware and software systems that interact with the human brain—that can enhance our emotional interaction with music.