Practical Apps for Learning to Play and Make Beautiful Music

by Stephanie Haywood Making music has various health benefits, from reducing stress and depression to improving memory and reading skills. If you are thinking of picking up a musical instrument, you are taking a smart step towards improved wellbeing. If you have kids who want to play an instrument, they can also benefit; studies have … Read more

Heavy Metal Music makes Killer Mice — Music, Mice & Mazes: David Merrell and His Famous Experiment – Shiller Institute

Abstract The three groups of mice were then run through a fixed maze over four weeks. As time progressed, the mice either got faster or slower. “But the interesting thing about the first year I did this project,” David said, “is that I actually had to cut it short, because the heavy metal music had … Read more

Your Choice of Music Matters – “Science and your Brain”

In this first episode of Your Choice of Music Matters, titled “Science and Your Brain”, Titus Kuulu shares some insights of how music affects the brain. Recorded and Produced by 2nd Coming Broadcasting Network (2CBN TV) in Nairobi Kenya. http://www.2cbn.org https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O29p-z9VyeU

The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Music Instruction on Intelligence and General Cognitive Abilities

Abstract This article reviews research on the effects of music instruction on general cognitive abilities. The review of more than 75 reports shows (1) the consistency in results pertaining to the short-term effects of music instruction on cognitive abilities and the lack of clear evidence on the long-term effects on intelligence; (2) the complex nature … Read more

Neurobiological Aspects of Neurologic Music Therapy

Abstract “…we present data on the potential of music making to support and facilitate neurorehabilitation. We focus on interventions such as melodic intonation therapy and music-supported motor rehabilitation to showcase the effects of neurologic music therapies and discuss their underlying neural mechanisms.” Content Neurobiological Aspects of Neurologic Music Therapy Eckart Altenmüller, MD, MA1ਪ*’ Gottfried Schlaug, … Read more

Make your brain smarter: it’s not what you think: Sandra Chapman, Ph.D.

Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, founder and leader of the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas relates new scientific evidence that you literally can think your brain smarter and healthier. She debunks long-standing beliefs about what smart is and shares… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh8el8m9mLM  

Library of Congress symposium — Music and the Brain

Music and the Brain: Depression and Creativity Symposium. Music and the Brain: From Mode to Emotion in Musical Communication. Music and the Brain: The World in Six Songs. Music and the Brain: The Music of Language and the Language of Music. Music and the Brain: Music, Criminal Behavior, and Crime Prevention. Music and the Brain: … Read more

How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition

Sustained training in music, dance or other arts strengthens the brain’s attention system, which in turn may improve cognition more generally. Evidence for such cognitive “transfer” is accumulating. Dr. Michael I. Posner: “Does education in the arts transfer to seemingly unrelated cognitive abilities? Researchers are finding evidence that it does. Michael Posner argues that when … Read more