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Professor Morten Kringelbach, from the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry, explains how we get pleasure from certain kinds of syncopated beats.

Bbc world service why does funk music make us want to dance

Prof Morten Kringelbach appears on the BBC World Service's 'The Why Factor' to explain the optimum syncopation to get us grooving. Hear how he has discovered the sweet spot of pleasure - deep in the rhythms of James Brown.

Listen to: Why does funk music make us want to dance?

Listen to the whole programme: The Why Factor: Pleasure *

*Please note that the programme inaccurately states that "dopamine is pleasure";  rather, dopamine is linked to wanting or incentive salience (see Berridge and Kringelbach, 2015, Neuron). 

Read more about Professor Morten Kringelbach.