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Kim Barthel - Speaking about the Brain (FASD) How Music Benefits The Brain. ▶ Building Bridges Between Music Neuroscience and Music Therapy - YouTube. Music a 'mega-vitamin' for the brain - CNN.com. LONDON, England (CNN) -- When Nina Temple was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000, then aged 44, she quickly became depressed, barely venturing out of her house as she struggled to come to terms with living with the chronic condition.

Music a 'mega-vitamin' for the brain - CNN.com

Sing for Joy is a choir made up of sufferers of neurological conditions plus friends, family and carers. "I was thinking of all the things which I wished I'd done with my life and I wouldn't be able to do. And then I started thinking about all the things that I still actually could do and singing was one of those," Temple told CNN. Along with a fellow Parkinson's sufferer, Temple decided, on a whim, to form a choir.

The pair placed notices in doctor's surgeries inviting others to join them and advertised for a singing teacher. By 2003, with the help of funding from the Parkinson's Disease Society, the resulting ensemble "Sing For Joy" was up and running, rehearsing weekly and soon graduating to public performances. Watch Sing for Joy perform » Music-Memory Connection Found in Brain. People have long known that music can trigger powerful recollections, but now a brain-scan study has revealed where this happens in our noggins.

Music-Memory Connection Found in Brain

The part of the brain known as the medial pre-frontal cortex sits just behind the forehead, acting like recent Oscar host Hugh Jackman singing and dancing down Hollywood's memory lane. How Music Affects the Brain and How You Can Use It to Your Advantage. This is your Brain on Music. Sci will admit I spent most the time "preparing" for this post by listening to LOTS of music.

This is your Brain on Music

Let’s rock! Even newborns can follow a rhythm - Health - Children's health. Newborns can follow a rhythm, a new study has found, suggesting rocking out is innate.

Let’s rock! Even newborns can follow a rhythm - Health - Children's health

The finding, published in the Jan. 26 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, adds to growing evidence that the newborn brain is not the blank slate it was once thought to be. Rather, scientists have shown, at birth we already have sophisticated methods for interpreting the world. Discrimination may be crude, explained lead researcher István Winkler of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, but "the basic algorithms are in place already. " This may be particularly true when it comes to sound. Infants as young as 2 days old can process pitch and tell if a series of notes are rising or falling in scale.

Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing - NYTimes.com. Photo Gray Matter By ROBERT J.

Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing - NYTimes.com

ZATORRE and VALORIE N. SALIMPOOR MUSIC is not tangible. In the modern age we spend great sums of money to attend concerts, download music files, play instruments and listen to our favorite artists whether we’re in a subway or salon. So why does this thingless “thing” — at its core, a mere sequence of sounds — hold such potentially enormous intrinsic value? The quick and easy explanation is that music brings a unique pleasure to humans. More than a decade ago, our research team used brain imaging to show that music that people described as highly emotional engaged the reward system deep in their brains — activating subcortical nuclei known to be important in reward, motivation and emotion.

But what may be most interesting here is when this neurotransmitter is released: not only when the music rises to a peak emotional moment, but also several seconds before, during what we might call the anticipation phase. Singing Changes Your Brain. When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape.

Singing Changes Your Brain

Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. It takes something incredibly intimate, a sound that begins inside you, shares it with a roomful of people and it comes back as something even more thrilling: harmony. So it’s not surprising that group singing is on the rise. According to Chorus America, 32.5 million adults sing in choirs, up by almost 10 million over the past six years. Many people think of church music when you bring up group singing, but there are over 270,000 choruses across the country and they include gospel groups to show choirs like the ones depicted in Glee to strictly amateur groups like Choir! As the popularity of group singing grows, science has been hard at work trying to explain why it has such a calming yet energizing effect on people.

The benefits of singing regularly seem to be cumulative. Top 12 Brain-Based Reasons Why Music as Therapy Works. “Our bodies like rhythm and our brains like melody and harmony.”

Top 12 Brain-Based Reasons Why Music as Therapy Works

-Daniel Levitin There are over 5,000 board-certified music therapists in the United States. And there’s one question we get asked daily: What is music therapy? According to the American Music Therapy Association, “Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” Simply put, we use music to make your life better.