Musicians Have Better Brainstems

From a study by Wong PC, Skoe E, Russo NM, Dees T, and Kraus N: Music and speech are very cognitively demanding auditory phenomena generally attributed to cortical rather than subcortical circuitry. We examined brainstem encoding of linguistic pitch and Read More …

Music Lessons Help Students with Reading Disabilities

From a study by Register D, Darrow AA, Standley J, and Swedberg O: The purpose of the present study was to determine the efficacy of using music as a remedial strategy to enhance the reading skills of second-grade students and Read More …

Sight-reading Enhances Cognitive Function

From a study by Sluming V, Brooks J, Howard M, Downes JJ, and Roberts N: We provide neurobehavioral evidence supporting the transferable benefit of music training to alter brain function and enhance cognitive performance [emphasis added] in a nonmusical visuospatial Read More …

Attention and Reaction More Balanced in Musicians’ Brains

From a study by Patston LL, Hogg SL, and Tippett LJ: Attention in neurologically intact adults normally errs towards the left side of space, as documented in studies involving tasks of visual attention (i.e., line bisection). The aim of this Read More …

Classical Music Aids Vine Growth

Abstracted from an article in Wired Magazine: The testing ground for the Italian experiment is a postcard-worthy, 24-acre Tuscan winery called Il Paradiso di Frassina. In 2006, the researchers set up speakers in front of young plants in wooden tubs Read More …

Congress Unanimously Endorsed Music Education

Did this ever slip by us, under the radar! In case you were wondering, the passage of this resolution was unanimous in both houses of Congress. H.Con.Res.121 Agreed to May 15, 2007 One Hundred Tenth Congress of the United States Read More …

More Activity in Musicians’ Brains

From a study by Grahn JA and Brett M: When we listen to rhythm, we often move spontaneously to the beat. This movement may result from processing of the beat by motor areas. Previous studies have shown that several motor Read More …

Music Therapy Relieves Tinnitus

From a study by Argstatter H, Plinkert P, and Bolay HV: BACKGROUND: Chronic tinnitus, one of the most common disorders in ENT medicine, requires comprehensive and interdisciplinary treatment. OBJECTIVE: An innovative music therapy approach, developed at the German Center for Read More …

Mozart Effect, This Time by the Numbers

From a study by Ho C, Mason O, and Spence C: In the present study, we examined whether the ‘Mozart effect‘ would influence participants’ temporal attention using a visual attentional blink (AB) task that provides a reliable measure of the Read More …