Music Lessons Reorganize the Auditory Cortex

From a study by Pantev C, Lappe C, Herholz SC, and Trainor L: Learning to play a musical instrument requires complex multimodal skills involving simultaneous perception of several sensory modalities: auditory, visual, and somatosensory as well as the motor system. Read More …

Musical Instruments and Dutch Vanitas Paintings

It is important to know where 17th-century Dutch artists found patronage. Freed from the nightmare of Spanish-Catholic oppression, Dutch art­ists could no longer look forward to an endless supply of religious commissions for the Catholic Church. But it worked out Read More …

Musicians Serve

“Ask a CEO what they are looking for in an employee and they say they need people who understand teamwork, people who are disciplined, people who get the big picture. You know what they need? They need musicians.” —Former Arkansas Read More …

A Little Night Music is Good for your Heart

From a study by L Bernardi, C Porta1, and P Sleight: Even short exposure to music can induce measurable and reproducible cardiovascular and respiratory effects, leading to a condition of arousal or focused attention that is proportional to the speed Read More …

A Cup of Mozart in the Morning

From a study by Jausovec N, Jausovec K, and Gerlic I: OBJECTIVE: The study investigated the influence Mozart’s music has on brain activity in the process of learning. A second objective was to test priming explanation of the Mozart effect. Read More …

Carp Respond to Spanish Guitar

From a study by Papoutsoglou SE, Karakatsouli N, Papoutsoglou ES, and Vasilikos G: The objective of this study was to further investigate the effects of music on fish physiology, bearing in mind available information regarding the involvement of endogenous and Read More …

Mozart Improves Vision Scores in the Elderly

From a study by Marques JC, Vanessa AC, Fiorelli MB, and Kasahara N: PURPOSE: To evaluate the performance of automated perimetry of elderly subjects naïve to AP after listening to a Mozart sonata. INTRODUCTION: Automated perimetry (AP) is a psychophysical Read More …

Mozart Improves Spatio-Temporal Perfomance with Alzheimer’s

From a study by Johnson JK, Cotman CW, Tasaki CS, and Shaw GL: Several recent studies have investigated the effectiveness of various behavioral interventions on the cognitive performance of subjects with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Simulations of Shaw’s structured model of Read More …

Is Your Music Good for Your Heart?

From a study by Escher J, and Evéquoz D: The effect of trophotropic (relaxing) music on heart rate and heart rate variability has been investigated in 23 healthy young individuals by means of 24-hour Holter-ECG. Relaxing music (Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart) Read More …

Music Increases Frontal Brain Wave Coherence

From a study by Peterson DA, and Thaut MH: Anecdotal and some empirical evidence suggests that music can enhance learning and memory. However, the mechanisms by which music modulates the neural activity associated with learning and memory remain largely unexplored. Read More …