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BiologyMusicEvolutionNeurobiology
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Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
19 minutes to complete

Course Introduction

Introduction to Music as Biology...
Reading
1 video (Total 4 min), 1 reading
Reading1 reading
A Word About the Course10m
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Sound Signals, Sound Stimuli, and the Human Auditory System

An overview of the organization of the human auditory system, and how sound signals are transformed into sound stimuli....
Reading
4 videos (Total 36 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Sound Signals and Sound Stimuli5m
Tones versus Noise11m
Determining the Sources of Sound Stimuli9m
Reading2 readings
Module Resources10m
An Overview of the Human Auditory System10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Sound Signals, Sound Stimuli, and the Human Auditory System20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

The Perception of Sound Stimuli

An introduction to the sound qualities we perceive, and how and why these qualities differ from the information in sound signals....
Reading
5 videos (Total 45 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Pitch and Frequency13m
Timbre and its Causes5m
Observation and Linguistics5m
Auditory Objects and Scenes5m
Reading1 reading
Module Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
The Perception of Sound Stimuli20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Vocalization and Vocal Tones

A discussion of the nature of vocal sound signals, their biological importance and their role in understanding music....
Reading
5 videos (Total 45 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
The Perception of Vocal Sound Signals9m
The Perception of Intensity (Loudness) in Empirical Terms10m
The Perception of Frequency (Pitch) in Empirical Terms4m
Relationship of Vocalization to Music7m
Reading1 reading
Module Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Vocalization and Vocal Tones20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Defining Music and Exploring Why We Like It

The tonal phenomena that need to be explained in any theory of music, and different approaches that have been take to provide answers. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 72 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
The Chromatic Scale and Some More Musical Terminology6m
Consonance and Dissonance6m
Tonality vs. Atonality: Frequency of Consonant vs. Dissonant Intervals4m
Tension and Resolution5m
Cadences8m
Mathematical Explanations of Consonance5m
A Physical Explanation of Consonance7m
A Biological Explanation of Consonance16m
Reading1 reading
Module Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Defining Music and Exploring Why We Like It20m
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Top Reviews

By MMSep 22nd 2016

This course has helped me to understand biological psychology of humans towards music. Based on this knowledge i am confident to create music which will seem good to the ears of humans.

By GGJun 11th 2017

Great course, very informative for anyone who wishes to explore deeper aspects of music that have to do with biology and psychology.

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Dale Purves

M.D.
Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

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