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How Music Affects Our Brain

Theofillus Dian Gegana (K2220076)

Video Title: How Does Music Affect Your Brain? | Tech Effects | WIRED

Date: 11 November 2022

  1. What is being discussed in the video? Explain your answer.
    The video mainly discuss about how exactly music affects our brain medically. Even so, this video also discusses how the beauty of the song also affects our mood.
  2. What is the speaker’s main purpose? Explain your answer.
    The main objective of the speaker in this video is to prove and answer questions about music and the human brain.
  3. How trustworthy is this video? Who is the speaker? What is the source? Do you think the source and the speaker are trustworthy?
    The speaker conducts experiments and research accompanied by experts. Since this video is from a medical point of view, the speaker conducted experiments and interviews with nurses and brain doctors from USC Brain and Creativity Institute. Some academic research paper also used in this video (in the description box) for example this article https://academic.oup.com/scan/article/11/6/884/2223400?login=false – a study about our brain activity response the aesthetics of music. Thus the speaker is trustworthy.
  4. What the speaker’s attitude or tone towards the subject? Does he/she seem to agree or disagree with it? Explain your answer.
    The speaker in the video agree that music does affect the performance of our brains. In fact, he tried to prove this by contacting credible sources.
  5. Does the speaker put forward valid or strong arguments? How does he/she support the key points? Explain your answer.
    The speaker in the video revealed that listening to music, appreciating music and even playing a musical instrument actually affects and involves many parts of our brain. And that’s what makes us excited when listening to happy or uplifting music, or get moved when listening to sad music. The speaker immediately proved it by conducting a trial listening to music while doing brain x-rays. This experiment was, of course, accompanied by experts, therefore it is difficult to find a loophole in the statement he said.
  6. Explain how this article will help contribute to your larger group project.
    I think through the videos that I have watched, I can conclude many things related to my topic. In larger group work, with this video, I will be able to distinguish which sources are truly credible and supported by reliable sources and which are not.

Video Title: Why Is That Song Stuck in My Head?!

Date: 1 January 1970

  1. What is being discussed in the video? Explain your answer.
    A catchy songs or music sometimes got stuck in your head. This phenomenon is called ‘earworm’ which is a situation where a part of a song (usually 15 to 20 seconds long) is repeatedly playing in your mind without you consciously make it happen. It turns out it depends on the person and / or the song is just too good and catchy that it stuck in your unconscious mind. Earworms are incredibly common. More than 90% of people report having them. But even though having a song stuck in your head seems like it wouldn’t be a good time, that’s not necessarily true. Roughly threequarters of people who report having earworms actually like or at least don’t really care about the song in their heads. The annoying tunes don’t happen as much, but we remember them more because, well, they’re annoying. Which song gets stuck in your head just seems to depend on who you are, your musical taste, and your personal memories. That’s because there are a bunch of different ways to get an earworm, and some of them depend on your individual personality. Don’t worry, earworm is not a serious issue. And it’s also possible that we’ve trained ourselves to have a good memory from music, because oral traditions go back far longer than any writing system. For a long time, humans use songs to remember things on purpose.
  2. What is the speaker’s main purpose? Explain your answer.
    To explain two things: 1. why earworm happen to you, and 2. how to get rid of it.
  3. How trustworthy is this video? Who is the speaker? What is the source? Do you think the source and the speaker are trustworthy?
    This video is done by personal research, for entertainment and educational purpose. The speaker is Michael Aranda. The source involves credible news websites, research articles, and youtube videos. I think this video is very trustworthy.
  4. What the speaker’s attitude or tone towards the subject? Does he/she seem to agree or disagree with it? Explain your answer.
    He seems agree with the subject. He admits that earworm exist, he experienced earworm too, and the way that he dug the topic by reinforcing his argument one by one is also count as his bias to agree to the subject.
  5. Does the speaker put forward valid or strong arguments? How does he/she support the key points? Explain your answer.
    He put many obvious arguments, very obvious that its valid. But some arguments are just opened my mind to think the other perspective. Like this one I transcribed from the video Bluma Zeigarnik was an early 20th century Soviet psychologist who noticed that servers could flawlessly remember a customer’s order right up until the order was delivered. Once the task was done, the memory went kaput. Zeigarnik spent time studying this effect and found that people who were interrupted in the middle of doing something could remember what they were doing much better than people who are allowed to finish. In other words, your brain works hard to keep a task that’s in progress in your working memory, but once you’re done, it doesn’t need that information anymore.
  6. Explain how this article will help contribute to your larger group project.
    This is also one of the effects of having music in our live. And this video helps me to understand more about how music affects our brain.