By Natalie Angier

It used to be thought that music drew on all areas of the brain, “a pastime that co-opted other essential communicative urges.” But researchers from M.I.T. have discovered that music activates a distinct part of the brain, reviving the idea that “music sensitivity may be more fundamental to the human brain than is speech perception.”

“Why do we have music?…Why do we enjoy it so much and want to dance when we hear it? How early in development can we see this sensitivity to music, and is it tunable with experience? These are the really cool first-order questions we can begin to address.”

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