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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …