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Rapper Residente Collaborates with Scientists to Study Brain Behavior

EEG electrode placement to patient during EEG record, Electroencephalogram (EEG) - Image

Puerto Rican rapper Residente’s latest project might look more scientific than musical.

The Grammy-winning artist is working with professors at Yale University and NYU to understand brain behavior in reaction to music by performing (safe) experiments with animals including worms, monkeys, and fruit flies. The team has been using electroencephalogram (EEG) tests to study brain activity, and the results are fascinating.

“Without harming the animals we can actually see as the animal is thinking, as it’s moving, as it’s exploring its environment, we can see individual cells talking into each other. It turns out when these cells, when these neurons talk to each other they’re using rhythms to communicate — we call it rhythms of activity. But, at the end of the day, those rhythms can be turned into music,” says Daniel Alfonso Colón-Ramos, associate professor of neuroscience at Yale University to NBC News.

Residente’s study will be part of his upcoming album, which is currently unnamed and set to release in November.

Vivian Wang

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