Family road trip! There's no better way to bond with your loved ones. Playing road games like "I Spy" and "20 Questions," stopping at chintzy roadside attractions, and singing songs off the radio at the top of your lungs — assuming you can stand to hear your dad belting out "Teenage Wasteland!" from the driver's seat. Regardless of how you feel about your parents' musical abilities, that Who-fueled interlude might be responsible for the best parts of your family relationships.
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Steven Pinker calls music "auditory cheesecake." We didn't evolve to love cheesecake specifically; we evolved to love anything sweet or high-calorie, so cheesecake is a side-effect of our evolution. Music, likewise, is a side effect of our need for language and a sense of our surroundings. 00:46
A study by neuroscientist Talia Wheeley found that we may read emotion in music the same way we read emotion in human movement. 02:20
Just as we can sense emotion by watching someone walk or dance, we can identify when a song is happy or sad. Music seems to move us because we move. 04:01
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