Hard-wired for music

Neuroscience researchers have identified neural pathways that react almost exclusively to the sound of music — any music. (NYTimes New ways into the brain’s music room Feb 8 2016 )

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis … said that when previous neuroscientists failed to find any anatomically distinct music center in the brain, they came up with any number of rationales to explain the results.

“The story was, oh, what’s special about music perception is how it recruits areas from all over the brain… This paper says, no, when you peer below the cruder level seen with some methodologies, you find very specific circuitry that responds to music over speech.”