In trying to gain insight into how the brain sorts for sense in the chaos around it, the team made an interesting discovery about how the brain listens to music.
As a musician myself, I have always been aware of a sense of leaning towards what comes after a pause in music. I'm interested to learn from this research that it's not just musicians that do this. This study shows that listening to classical music: "engages the areas of the brain involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating the event in memory. Peak brain activity occurred during a short period of silence between musical movements—when seemingly nothing was happening."
Classical music contains passages of active melodies, interspersed with brief rest and pauses; in the periods between movements those pauses can last a second or two and it is then that the brain reveals it's inclination to actively anticipate what might come next.
you can see a video clip of how the brain anticipates during the pauses in music here
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