Why The Human Brain Likes Music

Ancestors to modern humans could sing before they could talk. Change of a single tone can cause a cascade of physiological changes in the human body. Why does this happen and why is it important?

About the Presenter:
Dr. Wilmot James, MP, is the official opposition’s spokesperson on health. Wilmot acquired an undergraduate degree from UWC and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received as a Fulbright Scholar. He is an Honorary Professor in the Division of the Human Genetics at UCT’s Medical School. Most of his professional life was spent in South Africa, the US and the U.K. Of the 17 books he published, most honorific was as co-editor of Nelson Mandela: From Freedom to the Future (2003), which was given to Mr. Mandela on his 85th birthday. More recent efforts are a work in the public understanding of science: Nature’s Gifts: Why we are the way we are (2009); the social history of South Africa’s vineyards: Grape: Stories of the Vineyards in South Africa (2010); and an e-book titled Moments with Mandela (2012).