Music Improves Recall in Certain Lessons

From a study by Erin Lewis : In traditional reading and CARE lessons (a curriculum used to help students learn to read and identify sounds), music is not played to enhance the learning environment. However, some studies have shown that Read More …

Music and Language, Again

From a study by Flores-Gutiérrez EO, Díaz JL, Barrios FA, Favila-Humara R, Guevara MA, del Río-Portilla Y, and Corsi-Cabrera M.: Brain correlates comparing pleasant and unpleasant states induced by three dissimilar masterpiece excerpts were obtained. Related emotional reactions to the Read More …

The Role of the Cerebellum

From a study by Neil Gordon: The most important function of the cerebellum may be to coordinate motor function so that movements can be performed smoothly, but there are others. It has been shown that the cerebellum is involved in Read More …

Music and Language Share Neural Resources

From a study by Steinbeis N, and Koelsch S.: Harmonic tension-resolution patterns have long been hypothesized to be meaningful to listeners familiar with Western music. Even though it has been shown that specifically chosen musical pieces can prime meaningful concepts, Read More …

Listening to Vivaldi Improves Cognitive Performance

From a study by Mammarella N., Fairfield B., Cornoldi C. in Aging Clin Exp Res. 2007 Oct;19(5):394-399 [online version not yet available]: BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Controversial evidence suggests that music can enhance cognitive performance. In the present study, we examined Read More …

Speech and Music Link in Brain Proven

Today’s study comes from Musacchia G, Sams M, Skoe E, and Kraus N: Musical training is known to modify cortical organization. Here, we show that such modifications extend to subcortical sensory structures and generalize to processing of speech. Musicians had Read More …

Music Lessons are Exercise for the Mind

From a study by Foss, AH, Altschuler, EL, and James, KH: Millennia ago Pythagoras noted a simple but remarkably powerful rule for the aesthetics of tone combinations: pairs of tones–intervals–with simple ratios such as an octave (ratio 2 : 1) Read More …

Our Brains Process Language and Music in the Same Way

From a study by Miranda RA and Ullman MT Neuroimage. 2007 Nov 1;38(2):331-45. (Online version not yet available): Language and music share a number of characteristics. Crucially, both domains depend on both rules and memorized representations. Double dissociations between the Read More …

Classical Music and The Real World

Occasionally, some of my friends take me to task about my blog entries, and that’s fine. They want to bring me back to the real world. They tell me that it’s wonderful I’m aggregating all these studies, but that what Read More …