We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘Oh, it’s not my music’.

But, are you listening to it when you’re actually listening to the music?

The answer is a resounding no, says research published in the journal Audiology this week.

The research, carried out by Dr Robert Eriksson and colleagues, looked at the audio-evoked response of 10 healthy volunteers who were told they had just finished listening to a music playlist and that it was time to play some music.

They were then asked to imagine themselves on a beach surrounded by water, with a number of watery islands to their left and right.

“One of the islands was labeled as being ‘my favourite’ while another was labelled as being my ‘worst’.

These labels could be assigned by a number or number of people,” Dr Erikson told ABC Radio National’s Breakfast Program.”

If you’re going to listen to a playlist and imagine yourself on the beach with your favourite island to your right, you’ll think you’re having a good time, but you’re not really,” he added.”

That’s because there’s some information that the brain is trying to process that is not necessarily going to be the same thing as the information being processed by the brain, so we have a tendency to look at our surroundings and think, ‘Wow, this is different’.”

Dr Eriksons research found that listeners’ minds are already made up, and it is the brain that’s playing tricks on the ears.

“This is not just a new idea, but a new concept,” Dr Emmett said.

“It’s not something that has been in the field for a long time.

So this is a really interesting and interesting thing that people are beginning to look into.”

The results of the study showed that when people were presented with a song that included one of these labels, the auditory cortex, a part of the brain associated with language and perception, reacted to it as a sound.

“The cortex, it interprets the sounds that are coming out of the mouth and ears as having a certain meaning, and when the listener is thinking of that meaning, they’re thinking about a certain activity, and they’re going through that activity, they are making a representation of what that sounds like,” Dr Elsasser said.

The brain is already processing the sounds to create this “language” of meanings, Dr Emme said.

In fact, there’s been evidence of the same phenomenon happening in other brain regions.

“So, this might be something that we can think of as an ongoing process in the brain.

We can think about a particular type of music as a sort of ongoing process that we all engage in,” Dr Azzopardi said.

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