science

Ep.89: Predicting musical hits with the mathematics of music, with Music Xray’s Mike McCready

Analysis of a song’s mathematical structure has led to technology called Hit Song Science (HSS). This science makes it possible to predict a new song’s hit potential – AND has revolutionized the opportunities available to musicians. We discuss music’s structural components, and how songs’ mathematical relationships can predict commercial potential, level the playing field for musicians, connect musicians and fans, and match music industry professionals with the musicians they need.

Ep. 87: Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, with author Peter Brown

While there are many different learning styles and preferences, scientific research does point to certain common denominators in successful learning, meaning learning that not only acquires knowledge, but also retains that knowledge and applies it to future problems and scenarios. The book “Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning” is written by cognitive scientists to clarify what those common denominators of successful learning are so that we can make our own learning and teaching “sticky.” Educators, parents, and lifelong learners, rejoice – essential scientifically backed research on how to learn smarter instead of just trying harder.

Ep. 86: The latest research on music interventions in dementia, and two ways to get personally involved; with NIA’s Dr. Coryse St. Hillaire-Clarke

The award-winning movie Alive Inside (2014) inspired a five-year research project that is documenting the effects of a personalized music intervention for those with dementia. Dr. Coryse St. Hillaire-Clarke of The National Institute on Aging (NIA) explains the project, which is funded by an NIA grant. We discuss other studies and developments in music interventions for dementia, including two exciting opportunities to be personally involved in policies and research on the topic. The NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease research, which falls within the NIA’s broader scientific effort to extend the healthy, active years of life.

Ep. 67: “Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste,” with author Nolan Gasser, PhD

Dr. Nolan Gasser was the chief architect of Pandora’s Music Genome Project, and is author of the 2019 book, Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste. Dr. Gasser discusses his role in the Music Genome Project and the ethical component of its design. He then explains some of the most important factors that influence our individual musical tastes.

Ep. 1: Introduction

This introductory episode explains what the podcast is all about, how it came to be, and host Mindy Peterson’s personal relationship with music.