Earworms (interview on BBC Radio 4)

I appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, talking with Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis about her book ‘On Repeat: How Music Plays The Mind’ (Amazon link).

BBC Listen Again link.

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It was an interesting discussion, and I thoroughly recommend the book for those who are interested in the psychology of music. Elizabeth’s own lab experiments are fascinating, particularly her rather mischievous (but successful!) attempt to ‘improve’ the music of Luciano Berio and Elliott Carter. [Read more…]

E-learning on Radio 4

I don’t know if anyone caught Peter Day’s In Business on Radio 4 this week. It dealt with the implications of e-learning and social networking for the management of organisations, and made some interesting points about the formation of strategies around staff training.

Helpfully, because of its relative lack of copyright-sensitive content, you can download most of the episode as an MP3 file.

Download BBC podcast from BBC.co.uk

I don’t know how long the BBC will leave this link up – let’s hope for quite a while. Here’s a local version of the same file (any BBC representatives reading this – it’s posted here for educational purposes only but will be taken down on request).
Download BBC podcast from this site.

Day also summarises the programme on his own blog.

Among other things, the programme discusses the issue of asynchronous online interaction, as discussed in my previous post.