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A 23-year-old female asked:

When hearing a white noise machine play at night i hear repetive musical sounds that obviously aren't there. what could this be caused by?

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Dr. Robert Sterling
A Verified Doctoranswered
46 years experience
YerAnInnateMusician!: The perceptive mind is always looking for identifiable patterns to make sense out of what is being perceived (pattern recognition). Most of the time it adds up correctly.Sometimes not & we make something else out of it.Other times we'll miss things entirely.In most cases, "music" is organized sound, usually attributed to humans,many times other animals, sometimes to chaos (ever heard of Merzbow?)
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Last updated Oct 28, 2015

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