Prediction errors are crucial for perception, learning, and adaptability. Can they also explain the abstract pleasures we derive from seemingly nonadaptive behaviors? We present evidence of musically elicited reward prediction errors (RPEs),...
Paul DiMaggioNew paper on neuroscience of music shows that music activates same reward centers via same mechanisms as food & money. "If music be the food of love, play on..."
Preserve This Podcast is an Andrew W. Mellon grant-funded project hosted by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) to help podcasters protect thei...
Paul DiMaggioIt's a new world for archivists, who are struggling to come to terms with digital media -- Preserve this Podcast is an interesting initiative, addressing one part of a very large dilemma.
Although Gov. Matt Bevin publicly supported Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis during her 2015 gay marriage protest, in court papers, Bevin’s lawyers now say that Davis should be responsible for her legal bills.
Popular music has been changing significantly over the years, revealing clear, audible differences when compared with songs written in other eras. A pop music composition is normally made of two parts—the tune and the lyrics. Here we use a digital...
Paul DiMaggioBillboard Top 100, 1955-2016: "...anger, disgust, fear, sadness...have increased significantly, while joy, confidence and openness. have declined." Quantitative Sentiment Analysis of Lyrics in Popular Music
A soon-to-be published study found court reporters in Philadelphia regularly made errors when transcribing sentences spoken in a dialect linguists term African-American English.
Paul DiMaggioGood story in NY Times on interesting and important new paper on linguistic discrimination in the courts by NYU's Jessica Kalbfeld et al. "Speaking Black Dialect in Courtrooms Can Have Striking Consequences"
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and her Republican critics have both called her proposal to dramatically increase America's highest tax rate "radical" but a new poll released Tuesday indicates that a majority of Americans agrees with the idea.