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The course will explore the tone combinations that humans consider consonant or dissonant, the scales we use, and the emotions music elicits, all of which provide a rich set of data for exploring music and auditory aesthetics in a biological framework. Analyses of speech and musical databases are consistent with the idea that the chromatic scale (the set of tones used by humans to create music), consonance and dissonance, worldwide preferences for a few dozen scales from the billions that are possible, and the emotions elicited by music in different cultures all stem from the relative similarity of musical tonalities and the characteristics of voiced (tonal) speech. Like the phenomenology of visual perception, these aspects of auditory perception appear to have arisen from the need to contend with sensory stimuli that are inherently unable to specify their physical sources, leading to the evolution of a common strategy to deal with this fundamental challenge....

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May 17, 2020

This course helped me to see music from a different angle i.e through history and biology. Prof. Dales is a wonderful human being and has a beautiful gift of explaining things in a much simpler way.


Sep 22, 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.

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By Peregrine H

Jan 02, 2018

Muy buen curso, bastante interesante y muy educativo. En otras palabras esta muy completo.

By Renny G L

Aug 29, 2018

Very interesting course! especially if you are musician or you like Physicis and Biology

By Samara S

May 29, 2020

Great course! Helped my further feed my interest in music and biology!! Thank you! :)

By Lluis G T

Nov 29, 2016

I learned awesome things on that course, things that I never imagine

By Eduardo A

Nov 27, 2016

Awesome course! I really liked it a lot, it has been very usefull!

By Pablo C

Nov 13, 2017

Awesome. This is probably the best online course I've ever taken.

By Julián A G M

Jan 12, 2018

¡Excelente curso, gracias por la oportunidad de aprendizaje!

By Miguelina G

Aug 29, 2019

Excelente curso, entusiasmada para aprender más. Gracias!

By Sergei R

Apr 28, 2017

Great theory about music origins! thank you) was enjoyed!

By Erich C

Oct 03, 2016

Very interesting, a stimulating and in depth course!

By Walerson S C

Mar 29, 2016

Nice approach of great issues! Highly recommended!

By Karen B

May 21, 2017

Excelente curso, me encanto.

100% Recomendado

By Muntassir H

Sep 16, 2019

It was an amazing experience studying this.

By Theo L

Apr 23, 2018

Really informative and superbly in depth

By Aoyu Z

May 21, 2017

that's useful, intriguing and fantastic!

By Alan d J G R

Jan 13, 2018

De los mejores cursos que he tomado.

By Bart S

Mar 01, 2016

do this course again, great course!

By Kondrateva E A

Aug 03, 2017

Very good and interesting course

By Hanwen D

Sep 22, 2017

Very nice scheduled course!

By Tamara L

Jun 18, 2017

Amazing Course! Thank You!

By Claire G

Jun 17, 2020

very interesting course

By Stephanie T

May 20, 2017

Incredibly good :)

By Valeria S

Aug 09, 2016

Excellent course!

By Harini

Jul 02, 2020

It's very useful

By Julio C G L

Aug 09, 2017

Excelente curso.