Seeing Might Be Believing!

I’ve been blogging for years about the benefits of listening to classical music, and I’m happy to experiment on myself, but it’s sometimes hard to tell when something is working. However, being able to see a dramatic change in other Read More …

Transplant Rejection Delayed by Classical Music

From a study by Masateru Uchiyama, Xiangyuan Jin, Qi Zhang, Toshihito Hirai, Atsushi Amano, Hisashi Bashuda and Masanori Niimi: === Methods === Naive CBA mice (H2k) underwent transplantation of a C57BL/6 (B6, H2b) heart and were exposed to one of Read More …

Music Training May Reduce Examination Stress

From a study by Laohawattanakun J, Chearskul S, Dumrongphol H, Jutapakdeegul N, Yensukjai J, Khumphan N, Niltiean S, Thangnipon W: Several pieces of evidence suggest that academic examinations fulfill the classical requirement of a psychological stressor. Academic examinations represent a Read More …

The Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

So said Samuel Langhorn Clemens, writing as Mark Twain. And classical music’s death knell has been sounded many, many times, and yet, somehow, classical music manages to thrive in likely and unlikely places. From the underprivileged elementary schools in Philadelphia, Read More …

Not Only the Brain Benefits

From a study by Tikhomirov AM, and Vitvitskaia LV: Stimulation of salmon larvae by electric current led further to unstable character of reactions in the open field. Acoustic stimulation both by tonal and musical signals favourably influenced the behaviour in Read More …

Music Makes the Mind

From a study by Shore, Rebecca and Strasser, Janis: Hearing causes brain cells (neurons) to connect and neural networks to form. Advanced brain-scan technology and neuroscience research reveal that when children participate in music, the brain “light[s] up like a Read More …

Haydn Beats Hypertension

From a study by Chafin S, Roy M, Gerin W, and Christenfeld N.: OBJECTIVES: Interventions that reduce the magnitude of cardiovascular responses to stress are justified, at least in part, by the notion that exaggerated responses to stress can damage Read More …