2.2.15: A Personal Story Of Obsessive Compulsion & Music And The Brain

Feb 2, 2015

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Have you ever heard someone say, “I can be a little bit OCD”? On today’s show: the clear difference between ordinary obsession and the disease known as obsessive-compulsive disorder.And we’ll stay in the cerebral realm for a look at music’s affect on the human brain, and its power to evoke feelings of sadness, serenity, and awe.  
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Living With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Hotwiring Habits

  • For decades scientists have used animal models and human technologies like MRI, to learn how habits work in the brain, and how they take control. Now neuroscientist Kyle Smith and his team of researchers are fighting back. Kelly Prime brings us the story.
  • You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

Music, Emotion, and the Brain

The Music of Noise

  • Is it possible to make “music” from “noise”? Is it possible to enjoy it? Randy Wenner reports on an experimental music genre making a comeback of sorts -- and you'll have to judge for yourself whether any of these "songs" will soon be making your playlists.
  • You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.