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Neuromarketing and music: musical logos to strengthen the brand identity

 Although there are more than 7000 different languages spoken in the world by more than 6 billion people, there is one that has always been defined as the universal language par excellence: music.

It has always been part of our life. There are no people who do not play an instrument or compose music. Music moves us and is used to speak about what happens in our soul.

According to Charles Darwin, father of evolutionary theory, humans learned to sing and invented music to court each other, as some birds do. But we also need sounds and songs to dance and make friends, get excited and be together. They connect us to an identity: like national anthems or those of our favourite team.

From a neuroscientific point of view, music as well as language are both processed by both cerebral hemispheres, but the first conveys a communicative process even more deeply rooted in the emotions: for example, it is able to influence our mood and our physiology more quickly and effectively than words and sight. Neuroscientists tell us that listening to a song also activates the areas in our brain that control movement.

So, scientific studies show that a skilfully arranged sequence of notes that 'touches our heart and soul', as we often say, actually affects our nervous system and brain.Listening to music believed pleasant would be accompanied by the release of dopamine, one of the neurotransmitters that most influences mood and emotion, and also produces changes in skin conductance, heart rate, breathing and temperature: all variables that can be measured in correlation with the level of music appreciation.

Even the greatest marketing and communication experts have noticed the enormous power of music, and they have understood that, in a world like ours where we are exposed to thousands of stimuli every day, a sound can be a very efficient way in order to directly and selectively create an emotional link with the brand.

A brand can actually be heard, even when it is not looked at. We all remember the Barilla soundtrack or the sound logo of McDonald's, Windows, Coca Cola, Samsung, Nokia, Audi, Wolkswagen. Listening to them recall us to a brand identity and a univocal brand reputation even if we are in front of a TV with advertising doing other things.

Sound branding, or audio branding, is therefore a way to build the sound identity of a brand, and to get into the thick of the emotions and memory of its audience.

Brands are thus increasingly involved in the world of music and sound and do not want to stay back. But you have to be careful: it is not true that having any kind of sound stimulus is better than having no one. That is why it is important that these new sounds are produced by specialised professionals and that their proposals are properly verified before being adopted. 

Neuromarketing is an ideal testing and selection tool for these proposals because it is able to measure the neurophysiological changes induced by listening and the level of appreciation and emotional involvement of music for a specific brand in direct contact with the same way in which the audiobrand communicates emotion and connection to the brand identity.

This is what BrainSigns has seen with neuromarketing for the audiobranding operations of big companies that have decided to rely on a scientific study to measure the impact of their musical communication. We are talking about TIM and Banca Ifis.

Stay updated on our website to learn more about the case of Banca Ifis. 

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Some ideas to reduce the spread of fake news

BrainSigns - ANSA Conference "Information and technology in the fight against Fake News"

In Ernst & Young’s Wavespace in Rome, BrainSigns recently carried out an experiment on the perception of "fake news" with a group of young people (20-35 years old) while viewing some news online. The test was carried out using the technologies to measure ocular activity and facial recognition available in the Wavespace laboratory.

The results obtained were presented by prof. Fabio Babiloni at the conference "Information and technology in the fight against Fake News", organized by ANSA with EY (19 November 2020).

During the experiment, participants received 10 news on a computer in random succession, five were real news and five were 'fake' news.

Before the news was given, the personal psychological traits in terms of conscientiousness, open-mindedness and emotional stability of the participants were evaluated through a psychometric test (Implicit Association Test).

The results obtained were interesting:

  • The people more inclined to consider fake news to be true have a psychological profile more inclined to intuitive than reflective thinking, and during the observation of fake news, they often had feelings of 'surprise', clearly more than the others in which a reaction of 'perplexity' was prevalent.
  • It was also found that the group of people more inclined to believe in fake news focused on "emotional" elements of the news such as images rather than written text.

In a few words, the results of the experiment suggest that people who are more inclined to believe in fake news generally have a higher level of emotionality and a more intuitive than reflective reasoning style.

This means, for example, that a practical way to limit the negative impact of the spread of fake news could be to "prevent" the immediate sharing of news on several platforms by using messages that invite people to "think before sharing". According to current scientific literature, it is estimated that this could limit the sharing of fake news on the web up to 20%.  


EY Wavespace: a Neuroscience Laboratory for evolving companies

EY Wavespace is born in Rome, a collective intelligence laboratory equipped with the most advanced technologies, to allow organizations and companies to benefit from a space dedicated to collaboration and integration of skills.

Thanks to applied research in the field of human and artificial intelligence, it is possible to promote and encourage the development of innovative learning processes.

The 700 m2 wavespace integrates progressive knowledge of Applied Neuroscience and Behavioral Psychology and BrainSigns has provided technologies for the evaluation of the psychological and neurophysiological parameters integrated into the consultancy services offered in the Center.

The layout of the rooms is highly innovative and aimed at developing transformation processes that keep human relationships at the center of the scene.

The current objective of Wavespace is to give a real contribution to companies and the economic recovery of Italy, after these months of health emergency.


Mindtooth project kicked-off

Mindtooth project kicked-off on the 24th - 25th (2020) of June in Rome and will last 24 months. The kick-off meeting, hosted by BrainSigns, was the occasion for the Consortium to meet and get to know project partners and the project officer, and to discuss and start planning the first project activities.

The challenge of the Mindtooth project is to allow the use of “out-of-the-lab” neuroscience in operational sectors by giving easy access to a large number of indicators related to different processes going on in the brain, namely neurometrics, such as the mental workload, fatigue, and attention.

Mindtooth project, within the Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) framework of the Horizon 2020 program, over the next 2 years will develop a wearable EEG headset, powered by BrainProducts technology, using BrainSigns Neurometrics, that will be well designed to be fully customizable in three specific operational contexts: Car driving simulators, Safety monitoring of industry workers, and Aviation training for pilots.

Mindtooth project boasts a skilled and multidisciplinary consortium that will face the challenges of developing a ready to market device, fully customized to the requirements of each specific context: the Mindtooth system, that it is expected to have a significant market impact across each application domain. This will just the first step to a much wider market impact for the MindTooth technology.

Mindtooth consortium brings together exceptional Partners from different countries (ES, DE, IT, IL) that congregate the necessary competence and critical mass in terms of expertise and resources to ensure the achievement of the project goals: BrainSigns, the Institute of Technology of Castilla y LeonBrain ProductsIBM Research – Haifa, UrbeAero, Airpilot training School in Rome.

The video shows in an easy way the objectives of Mindtooth system to be developed in the next 2 years.

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