Jordi Costa is in New York, but he still has a moment for us. After exchanging several emails, he answers our questions, apologising for not being able to write diacritical marks, with the justification that his keyboard is set to English. He’s young, not over thirty years of age, and has already earned a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Barcelona, and works as a researcher at the Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in New York. His research focuses on the study of auditory regularity encoding. He tells us proudly that he is an amateur guitarist, and his passion for music has always inspired his passion for auditory neuroscience.
Steven Mithen argues that music has been incorporated into the human genome during the evolution of our species. In this sense, could we say that we have an innate musical competence?
Is music a gym for the mind?
Is there a separation in the brain between linguistic and musical ability? Because it has been proved that musical ability may exist within the brain even if language is not present…
Your team has held neuroconcerts in Barcelona. What conclusions have you drawn from this experience?
A question many people ask themselves is what degree of truth there is in the so-called «Mozart Effect». Can we get smarter by listening to him?
The evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar argues that community musical activity makes us feel better because it triggers waves of endorphins in the brain. Therefore, could we consider music a social glue?
In short, how would you define music from the point of view of neuroscience?
Teresa Ciges. Journalist (Valencia).
«Music, as a human product, has similar characteristics to how we think our brain works»
«Learning music is one of the most powerful activities that can produce changes in the brain (plasticity)»
«If you also add text to the music, and if it is a socially and politically committed text, you have entire generations singing hymns against wars and dictatorships»
«It’s a shame that it is so underrated in our country. In other countries, learning music in school is as important as learning math or literature»