According to our Brains, Music May Be a Language

From a study by Nan Y, Knösche TR, Zysset S, and Friederici AD: The current study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural basis of musical phrase boundary processing during the perception of music from native and Read More …

Musicians Learn Everything Faster

From a study by Rosenkranz K, Williamon A, and Rothwell JC: Musicians not only have extraordinary motor and sensory skills, but they also have an increased ability to learn new tasks compared with non-musicians [emphasis added]. We examined how these Read More …

Musicians Have Balanced Brains

From a study by Patston LL, Kirk IJ, Rolfe MH, Corballis MC, and Tippett LJ: Previous behavioural research has shown that spatial attention is bilaterally represented in musicians, possibly reflecting more equal neural development between the hemispheres. We investigated this Read More …

Musical Experience Increases Auditory Planning Ability

From a study by Keller PE, and Koch I: The hypothesis that planning music-like sequential actions involves anticipating their auditory effects was investigated in a series of experiments. Participants with varying levels of musical experience responded to each of four Read More …

Music as Effective as Diazepam Prior to Surgery

From a study by Berbel P, Moix J, and Quintana S: OBJECTIVES: To compare the effectiveness of music to that of diazepam in reducing preoperative anxiety. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients were randomized to 2 groups to receive diazepam or listen Read More …

Practicing Music Modifies Linguistic Organization in the Brain

From a study by Milovanov R, Tervaniemi M, Takio F, and Hämäläinen H: To increase our understanding of the phonemic processing skills of musical and non-musical subjects, the Dichotic Listening task was performed in children and adults with varying degrees Read More …

Learning to Play a Musical Instrument Increases Motor Skills After Stroke

From a study by Schneider S, Schönle PW, Altenmüller E, and Münte TF: In previous studies, it was shown that there is a need for efficient motor rehabilitation approaches. For this purpose, we evaluated a music-supported training program designed to Read More …