When you’re listening to music or trying to remember a melody, certain brain areas related to processes like music perception or imagination become active.
Until recently, scientists didn’t know precisely at which points in time these different brain areas are activated.
Here’s the new discovery: researchers have found that that during listening to music, the information flows from sensory regions of the brain to the frontal region, which is tasked with cognitive processes.
During music recall, the direction is reversed. Researchers in China discovered what happens in your brain when you’re trying to recall a familiar piece of music, and found that listening and remembering music are two different neural processes.