Musical and Linguistic Skills Share Neural Mechanisms

From a study by Milovanov R, Huotilainen M, Välimäki V, Esquef PA, and Tervaniemi M., published in Brain Res. 2007 : [online version not yet available] The main focus of this study was to examine the relationship between musical aptitude Read More …

Classical Music Improves Blood Cell Properties

From a study by Erken, G, Bor Kucukatay, M, Erken, HA, Kursunluoglu, R, and Genc, O in Med Sci Monit. 2008 Jan;14(1):BR28-33 (online not yet available): Background: A number of studies have reported physiological effects of music. Different types of Read More …

It’s Never Too Late to Benefit from Music Lessons

From a study by Bugos JA, Perlstein WM, McCrae CS, Brophy TS, and Bedenbaugh PH : This study evaluates transfer from domain-specific, sensorimotor training to cognitive abilities associated with executive function. We examined Individualized Piano Instruction (IPI) as a potential Read More …

Practicing Music Reorganizes the Brain

From a study by Riia Milovanova, Mari Tervaniemic, Fiia Takiob, and Heikki Hämäläinenb: (pdf file) To increase our understanding of the phonemic processing skills of musical and nonmusical subjects, the Dichotic Listening task was performed in children and adults with Read More …

Musical Training Improves Some Measures of Autism

From a study by Boso M, Emanuele E, Minazzi V, Abbamonte M, Politi P: BACKGROUND: Data on the potential behavioral effects of music therapy in autism are scarce. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate whether a musical Read More …

Music Training is All in your Head

From a study by Gottfried Schlaug, Andrea Norton, Katie Overy, and Ellen Winner (pdf) : Preliminary results of our longitudinal study in five- to seven-year-old children suggest that cognitive and brain effects from instrumental music training can be found [emphasis Read More …

Music Training Improves Vocabulary and Verbal Sequencing

From a study by Joseph M Piro and Camilo Ortiz: The major aim of this quasi-experimental study was to examine the effects of a scaffolded music instruction program on the vocabulary and verbal sequencing skills of two cohorts of second-grade Read More …

Music Alleviates Chronic Pain and Depression

From Science Daily: […] participants, who had an average age of 50, were recruited from pain and chiropractic clinics in Ohio, USA. They had been suffering from a range of painful conditions, including osteoarthritis, disc problems and rheumatoid arthritis, for Read More …