Born to Make Music

From a study by Koelsch S, Gunter T, Friederici AD, and Schröger E: Only little systematic research has examined event-related brain potentials (ERPs) elicited by the cognitive processing of music. The present study investigated how music processing is influenced by Read More …

Researchers Foresee Clinical Applications of the Mozart Effect

From a study by Shaw GL, and Bodner M: Motivated by predictions from the structured trion model of the cortex, based on Mountcastle’s columnar organizational principle, behavioral experiments have demonstrated a causal short-term enhancement of spatial-temporal reasoning in college students Read More …

Music and Art Modulate Brain Waves to Reduce Pain

From a study by Chen AC : Pain perception and its genesis in the human brain have been reviewed recently. In the current article, the reports on pain modulation in the human brain were reviewed from higher cortical regulation, i.e. Read More …

The Music of Sleep

From a study by Wu D, Li CY, and Yao DZ: BACKGROUND: There is growing interest in the relation between the brain and music. The appealing similarity between brainwaves and the rhythms of music has motivated many scientists to seek Read More …

Music and Language, Again

From a study by Flores-Gutiérrez EO, Díaz JL, Barrios FA, Favila-Humara R, Guevara MA, del Río-Portilla Y, and Corsi-Cabrera M.: Brain correlates comparing pleasant and unpleasant states induced by three dissimilar masterpiece excerpts were obtained. Related emotional reactions to the Read More …

Learning Piano Exercises your Brain–Fast!

From a study by Marc Bangert and Eckart O Altenmüller Results Changes in cortical activation patterns (DC-EEG potentials) induced by short (20 minute) and long term (5 week) piano learning were investigated during auditory and motoric tasks. Two beginner groups Read More …

Music and Memory

From a study by MH Thaut, DA Peterson, and GC McIntosh : In a series of experiments, we have begun to investigate the effect of music as a mnemonic device on learning and memory and the underlying plasticity of oscillatory Read More …