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Why are we so addicted to music?

Editorial Staff

Whether you’d prefer to press play on Carly Rae Jepsen’s E-MO-TION or a recording of the Goldberg Variations (or both), music is inarguably one of our most universal interests. But are we hardwired for it? Addicted to rhythm? And what power does music actually have over our bodies and brains?

In I Got Rhythm: The Science of Song, tonight’s documentary on The Nature of Things, we look to find the answers to these age-old questions.

For example, does heavy metal music provoke aggression? (Short answer: no.)

Is music actually good for you? (Short answer: yes.)


And how Sean Forbes, a deaf rapper, communicates with his audience. (No short answer.)


Watch I Got Rhythm: The Science of Song on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at 8 p.m. on CBC-TV. Get more info via The Nature of Things here.

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