Babies as young as 5 months old can distinguish an upbeat song from among gloomier compositions; and by the time they’re 9 months, they can also pick out the sad song from among the happy ones. That’s according to a new study by a research team that included Iowa State University Assistant Professor of Psychology Douglas Gentile.
This is your brain…on music
by nicholas tozier
1. Disconnect. Power down your computer–or if you absolutely need the thing for some reason related to your practice and studies, sever it from the internet by disabling wireless.
2. Banish Television. According to Nielsen, the average American watches thirty-four hours of television per week (figures in your country are likely similar). Thirty-four hours of television! You know how much time top-shelf violinists spend practicing each week? About twenty-seven hours.
Laurel Trainor, director of the Institute for Music and the Mind at McMaster University in West Hamilton, Ontario says even a year or two of music training leads to enhanced levels of memory and attention when measured by the same type of tests that monitor electrical and magnetic impulses in the brain. We therefore hypothesize that musical training (but not necessarily passive listening to music) affects attention and memory, which provides a mechanism whereby musical training might lead to better learning across a number of domains,” Trainor said.
Merely listening passively to music to Mozart — or any other composer — does not produce the same changes in attention and memory. http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2009/11/06/music-lessons-boost-brain-power#ixzz1ME1MyC5Y
Read more: http://www.musetude.com/music-research.html
by Richard Alleyne
New research suggests that regularly playing an instrument changes the shape and power of the brain and may be used in therapy to improve cognitive skills.
It can even increase IQ by seven points in both children and adults, according to researchers.
Experts said there is growing evidence that musicians have structurally and functionally different brains compared with non-musicians – in particular, the areas of the brain used in processing and playing music.