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May 19th, 2009
Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley

In this clip, watch Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley perform the song Born to Cry together. For The Music Instinct Cocker and Hawley both volunteered for an experiment to study cognition and the brain when performing music as a social activity, an experiment that led to Cocker climbing inside of a fMRI to see the physical affects playing a duet had on his brain.

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  • MJK (Mike)


  • David Finnamore

    Um. k. So. Like. What did the test show?

  • Edoc

    Lovely, just lovely.

  • David Galloway

    This was one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It is very suggestive for future study. Unfortunately for me in Atlanta, it aired at 2 AM and so I am having a long day today recovering….but worth it.

  • scotty c

    David Finnamore:

    The test showed that when humans are involved in music as a social activity (i.e. “sing-alongs” and duets and such), there is increased blood flow to the areas of the brain that are associated with pleasure (right? if someone else watched this or knows more specifics, perhaps s/he can fill in the gaps) vs. when one is merely listening to music (not as much blood flow to those areas).

    Interesting; though, what I would like to know is whether this same increased blood flow occurs when one is involved in other forms of participation (e.g. dancing, clapping, holding up a lighter and executing the infamous rock-ballad head-bang). Maybe someone can attach some kind of portable fMRI mechanisms to the brains of Ghanan postal workers when they’re doing their thang or maybe to the dancers in drum circles: those societies in which music IS synonymous with community.

    I really enjoyed the documentary, but I think it could have benefited from more of an emphasis on foreign cultures, such as the aforementioned in Africa and even ragas and gamelan music.

    Lastly, I have read some of Daniel Levitin’s This is Your Brain on Music, and it seems really great (from what I have read); I recommend it to anyone who would like to delve further into this.

  • Marc

    Jarvis Cocker is GOD. Richard Hawley ain’t so bad either. Bandmates.

  • jarvo

    can we watch the rest of this online somewhere?

  • JP

    This movie is available on Netflix as a on-demand title (or rental) if you have a Netflix account.

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