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Conducting memory formation

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Science  04 Oct 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6461, pp. 46
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaz3883


Listening to the harmonic performance of a symphonic orchestra is a peculiar experience indeed. The music changes dynamically: Sometimes the strenuous voice of the brasses dominates, sometimes only a faltering violin can be heard. The musicians, masters of their instruments, play together, but they form a perfect harmony only by following the instructions of the conductor to play loudly or softly, or to wait in silence.

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