When we listen to music, it’s not really a passive thing. Your brain is reacting in ways that you may not have imagined.

Neurons in the brain fire in sync to music. Musical training may enhance this ability, and perhaps some other skills.

While listening to music, you might find yourself tapping your foot or bobbing your head to the beat. What you might not have expected is that as you listen to your favorite tune, the rhythms in your brain also follow along.

And if you’re a musician, your brain might act a little differently.

When it came to tempo, musicans and nonmusicians alike synched their brains to the music—when the music had more than one note per second. But when faced with slower tempos, only the brains of musicians synched up.

read more at scientificamerican.com