Music, Colours and Emotions

By Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations | May 16, 2013 | UC Berkeley

News from the blog Tracing Knowledge; for full article please click here.

Extracts:“…our brains are wired to make music-color connections depending on how the melodies make us feel, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeleyhumans share a common emotional palette – when it comes to music and color – that appears to be intuitive and can cross cultural barriers, UC Berkeley researchers said…The results were remarkably strong and consistent across individuals and cultures and clearly pointed to the powerful role that emotions play in how the human brain maps from hearing music to seeing colors,” said UC Berkeley vision scientist Stephen Palmer, lead author of a paper published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

“The findings may have implications for creative therapies, advertising and even music player gadgetry…They may also provide insight into synesthesia, a neurological condition in which the stimulation of one perceptual pathway, such as hearing music, leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a different perceptual pathway, such as seeing colors.  An example of sound-to-color synesthesia was portrayed in the 2009 movie The Soloist when cellist Nathaniel Ayers experiences a mesmerizing interplay of swirling colors while listening to the Los Angeles symphony. Artists such as Wassily Kandinksky and Paul Klee may have used music-to-color synesthesia in their creative endeavors….”

Hypnotherapy can become a powerful tool which can help us shape our experience of life. Linking music to colours can be rehearsed from a hypnotic state thus establishing a subconscious link which can help us access the desired emotion by thinking of a colour as well as a piece of music. We welcome studies like the one presented here with excitement since they broaden our knowledge and insight into the functioning of the brain.

 

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About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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