Even the Blues Feel Good in a Musician’s Brain

Ever wondered why there are so many covers of “Hallelujah” out there? Sure, it’s a good song, but recent research suggests that its popularity among artists may also have something to do with how sad it is.

In a study published Monday in the open-access journal Scientific Reports, a team of researchers from the University of California-San Francisco used fMRI to examine the brains of 11 jazz musicians as they improvised music. The musicians were shown a picture of both a smiling and distr

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