Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Can music affect your eyesight?

A study by American scientists from the late aughts seems to indicate that music can affect your eyesight. When you’re listening intently to music, your brain shifts resources from the region that processes sight to the one that processes audio. You know how you close your eyes when you want to concentrate on music? That’s just a physical response to something that happens in your head.

You can even try this experiment: the next time you have a conversation with one person in a quiet room, try to notice how much you see in the room around you. Next, try to hold a conversation with someone in a noisy room and try to notice how much you see around you. You just don’t take in as much visual information in the noisy room. That’s your brain re-routing processing power to your audio centres.

Yesterday’s Ongoing History Daily post was a reading recommendation of a novel set in the music industry.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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