Music

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Duration: 1 hour

In the final episode of the science series, Dara O Briain and his crack team take a weird and wonderful look at the science behind music.

Special guest James May explores how music is inextricably linked to our emotions, materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes apart an electric guitar and neuroscientist Tali Sharot reports on the ground breaking research which treats Parkinson's Disease with rhythm. Plus, science journalist Alok Jha asks whether computers are ruining music.

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    Dara is joined in the studio by acoustics expert Professor Trevor Cox and music psychologist Dr Alexandra Lamont.

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Credits

Presenter
Dara O Briain
Presenter
Dara O Briain
Presenter
Alok Jha
Presenter
Alok Jha
Presenter
Mark Miodownik
Presenter
Mark Miodownik
Presenter
Tali Sharot
Presenter
Tali Sharot
Participant
James May
Participant
James May
Participant
Brian Cox
Participant
Brian Cox
Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen
Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen
Series Producer
Kaye Godleman
Series Producer
Kaye Godleman
Production Manager
Roger Houston
Production Manager
Roger Houston
Series Editor
Nigel Paterson
Series Editor
Nigel Paterson

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