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Scientists Predicting What Songs Will Be Radio Hits Through Brain Responses!

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Knowledge is power…and potentially profitable!

Scientists at Emory University are doing studies on teens listening to new tunes, and they've discovered brain responses that could help predict the commercial success of songs.

According to the scientists, "at the level of cells and synapses, teen-age brains simply find some songs more rewarding to hear, even when the listeners say they don't like the tunes on questionnaires and surveys." Fascinating!

Here's what neuro-economist Gregory Berns had to say about the study:

"The punch line is that brain responses correlated with units sold."

And here's what Stanford University marketing professor Baba Shiv had to say about it:

"This research shows that the brain activation is able to predict what music is going to become popular two or three years from now. We have to wake up to the notion that these instinctual brain functions can have predictive value."

Very cool! This could open up lots of new jobs that never existed before! Def Jam with their own in-house scientists? It's the future! LOLz.

What do U think about this? Will scientists become increasingly involved in predicting radio hits?

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2 comments to “Scientists Predicting What Songs Will Be Radio Hits Through Brain Responses!”



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    It's refreshing to have a pop star make it and then figure out they can't sing that well. Kidding aside- in the days when music was a life long craft and musicians were truly professionals both vocalist and those who played instruments sought out teachers and coaches to keep them in top form.



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    Re: Voice_de_Reason – what does that have to do with the story at all?