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Singing Changes Your Brain

Singing Changes Your Brain
When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. 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. 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 elation may come from endorphins, a hormone released by singing, which is associated with feelings of pleasure. The benefits of singing regularly seem to be cumulative. It turns out you don’t even have to be a good singer to reap the rewards.

Physical Effects of Singing" All types of singing have positive psychological effects. The act of singing releases endorphins, the brain's "feel good" chemicals. Singing in front of a crowd, a la karaoke, naturally builds confidence, which has broad and long-lasting effects on general well-being. But of all types of singing, it's choral singing that seems to have the most dramatic effects on people's lives. A study published in Australia in 2008 revealed that on average, choral singers rated their satisfaction with life higher than the public -- even when the actual problems faced by those singers were more substantial than those faced by the general public [source: MacLean]. But why? It's possible. Physical effects, while pretty dramatic, are really just the beginning.

Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing - Photo Gray Matter By ROBERT J. 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. Why the auditory cortex?

11 Reasons You Should Go Outside Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF | Environment The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found. “If half the animals died in London zoo next week it would be front page news,” said Professor Ken Norris, ZSL’s director of science. “But that is happening in the great outdoors. “We have lost one half of the animal population and knowing this is driven by human consumption, this is clearly a call to arms and we must act now,” said Mike Barratt, director of science and policy at WWF. The steep decline of animal, fish and bird numbers was calculated by analysing 10,000 different populations, covering 3,000 species in total. If not, he added, the overuse of resources would ultimately lead to conflicts.

Singing is good for you | Heart Research UK Not only is singing a great way to raise money, research shows that it's also good for your heart. Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, has studied developmental and medical aspects of singing for 30 years and he says the health benefits of singing are both physical and psychological. “Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting. Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well-being. Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together as well as alone because of the increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavour." So go on, keep your heart healthy and get singing!

Top 12 Brain-Based Reasons Why Music as Therapy Works “Our bodies like rhythm and our brains like melody and harmony.”-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. What’s more interesting, though, is why it works. So here are my top 12 brain-based reasons why music works in therapy: Music is a core function in our brain. If you enjoyed this article and are interested in learning more, I’d recommend the following books and websites:

The Death of the Raw Food Diet “Cooked Food is Not a Sin” Uncle Jethro Raw The raw food diet, as a massive craze that took over the world for over ten years and convinced hundreds of thousands of people — possibly millions — to give up cooking and eat only fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds — is dead, my friends. It died a peaceful death this year. While it’s hard to say when the raw food diet craze officially expired, a good guess would be on April 23rd, 2013, at around 9:30 p.m. At that time, the last remaining raw food guru who claimed to eat a 100% raw food diet without lying about it decided it was time to live a little. The History of the Raw Food Movement The concept of eating raw food is not new. If we go back to the Ancient world, we’ll find that the Greeks and Romans were ahead of their time in that regard. Throughout the ages, the word “vegetarian” was practically synonymous with “high raw diet.” In ancient times, there was no tofu, noodles or other vegetarian-labeled fares. Sylvester Graham (1794-1851) Dr.

The Meditteranian Sea has no Tides. Yet the Sea gets Deep & Shallow along with other Seas. Tides? Ocean currents flowing through the Strait of Gibraltar cause the level of the Mediterranean Sea to rise and fall. These currents are both tidal and non-tidal in origin. The ocean tide is caused by the gravitational forces of the Moon and Sun, and result in large tidal amplitudes in the Atlantic and relatively small ones in the Mediterranean. Why are there no tides in the Mediterranean Sea? All the tides we experience on Earth are generated in the Great Oceans as a result of their response to the tide raising forces generated by the gravitational attraction between the Earth, the Moon and the Sun. If the natural resonance period of the body of water matches the frequency of the tide raising forces then it will respond accordingly and a tide is generated. Nevertheless, there is a one metre tide at Gibraltar due to the direct influence of the Atlantic tide “spilling” into the Mediterranean at that point.