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About the Course

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 16, 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 21, 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 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 1, 2016

do this course again, great course!

By Ekaterina K

Aug 3, 2017

Very good and interesting course

By Mohammed B m

Mar 30, 2021

i really loved this 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 8, 2016

Excellent course!

By Priyanka B

Sep 19, 2023

highly satisfied

By David A M

Sep 3, 2020

Excelente curso.

By Harini

Jul 2, 2020

It's very useful

By Julio C G L

Aug 9, 2017

Excelente curso.

By Praveen K

Jul 26, 2017

A great Course !

By Watuthanthrige K G S P

Feb 2, 2021

Great content .


May 6, 2020

Great for me.

By Alfonso B A

Mar 6, 2020

very helpful

By Natouchka M F

Feb 25, 2020

Excellent 🤩

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By Krisztian H

Jun 13, 2017

Very good!

By Abellot a

Dec 6, 2017

Genial :)

By Juan A C B

Nov 30, 2017