UCL Ear Institute



In a nutshell: We focused on the effects of music familiarity on the brain’s response. Our measurements demonstrate that both Laura and Billy's brains reacted very differently to the familiar and unfamiliar music.  Brain responses and pupil dialation data suggest that Laura and Billy's brains distinguished the familiar from the unfamiliar snippets within 1/10 of a second. The unfamiliar snippets evoked more activity suggesting they required more 'brain energy' to process.  These are observational data (no statistics have been performed) and must be verified using a larger group of participants.