How the Bee Gees can save lives


How do our brains visualise music?

That’s the question that Department of Cognitive Science PhD student Rebecca Gelding explores in her study of music cognition, and she sheds light on this fascinating subject in the latest episode of the Pioneering Minds podcast.

This week’s episode also explores the therapeutic potential of music and, curiously, why imagining the beat of The Bee Gee’s ‘Staying Alive’ could help save someone’s life:

“There’s great use in imagining music. For example, there’s been research in that if you need to give someone CPR, the best rate at which to do so is to the beat of ‘Staying Alive’… Just being able to imagine the tempo could save a life,” she says.

Listen below and then tell us in the comments what you thought of the podcast.

Listen to previous Pioneering Minds episodes on Soundcloud.





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