Spontaneous Neuronal Signaling is Inherently Musical and Mathematical: Insight into the Universal Human Affinity for Music
Thomas B. Shea1, *, Ruth Remington2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2018
First Page: 64
Last Page: 68
Publisher Id: TONEUJ-12-64
Article History:Received Date: 27/8/2018
Revision Received Date: 8/10/2018
Acceptance Date: 20/10/2018
Electronic publication date: 30/11/2018
Collection year: 2018
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Audio files of spontaneous signal streams generated by ex vivo neuronal networks cultured on multi-electrode arrays generated an oscillating sine wave with an inherent musical quality. This was not anticipated considering that synaptic signals are “all - or – none”, and therefore digital, events.
These findings may provide insight into why music can be perceived as pleasurable and invoke a calm mood despite that music is ultimately perceived and stored as a series of digital signals; it is speculated that music may reinforce and/or enhance this spontaneous digital stream.
Results and Conclusion:
These findings also support the relationship between music and mathematics.