Arguably, the artistic achievements of humans are the most significant single feature that distinguishes us qualitatively from other species. Even Chimpanzee art is a pale imitation of what a human child can produce without significant external motivation. While we are often more predisposed to try to explain the reasons why the human brain is capable of greater intelligence than any other species on the planet we also have at least some understanding of what promotes artistic motivation, temperament and skill. I will also examine whether there is any evidence for the brain responding optimally to certain kinds of music, such as Mozart, and whether this has anything to do with its different rhythms of electrical activity.

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