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Study finds that snowboarders listening to music have less injuries

Study finds that snowboarders listening to music have less injuries | Music to work to | Scoop.it
The British Journal of Sports Medicine has published a study that finds snowboarders who listen to music on a personal music player have less injuries then snowboarders who do not listen to music. ...
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This is brilliant - seems that if you listen to music while you're snowboarding you're less likely to have an accident.  However, the data does come with the caveat that if you do have an accident while listening to music - it's more likely to be significant and end up with a trip to the ER instead of being handled by the snow patrol on the hill.

 

It reminds me of driving behavior inGermanyback in the day - accidents were pretty infrequent, as most people obeyed the traffic laws, however - when there was an accident it was generally pretty horrendous due to the unlimited speeds allowed on the autobahn.

 

The takeaway for me is the whole idea that music can encourage and facilitate the development of a state of flow.  That place where you're not really thinking about what you're doing - you're just in the zone and performing effortlessly.  So for our snowboarders they make less mistakes and have less accidents.  the down side could potentially be that they start testing the limits of their ability - resulting in the big accidents that send them off to the ER.

 

Ah well - no pain - no gain!!!  ;-p 

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They're Using Our Biology Against Us? Movie Makers Are Evil Geniuses!

They're Using Our Biology Against Us? Movie Makers Are Evil Geniuses! | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Why do movie soundtracks affect us? Film makers are using our own biological responses against us.
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Short primer on how composers use music to manipulate emotions in the movie world.  Although we're all familiar with the sounds of Jaws and the shower scene from Psycho - its the infrasounds used in Paranormal Activity - those deep frequencies that we can't hear but feel - that really - that I think are really interesting!

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Does listening to music improve productivity? Here's 8 compelling reasons why it does

Does listening to music improve productivity? Here's 8 compelling reasons why it does | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Does listening to music improve productivity? Here's several studies and research that proves why it does.
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It's funny - when we sat down 9 years ago and wrote the business plan for music2work2 we knew that one of the indicators of success would be the arrival of articles that talk about how music can help productivity.  It always puts a smile on my face to read pieces like this.  If you're struggling with someone who says music doesn't have an effect - get them to read this.  but remember - it is all subjective - and even though these studies show a benefit - there are plenty of people for whom music is a terrible distraction - whether its instrumental or not!

 

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How Playing Music Affects The Developing Brain

How Playing Music Affects The Developing Brain | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Researchers in the burgeoning field of music neuroscience discuss the effects of music on brain development.
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Quite a long read but the key takeaways are:

- Having music in schools raises test scores

- Music training has a positive effect on the brain's executive function

- Music training increase brain plasticity

- Music can predict a child's literacy (fantastic tool and cheap!)

- music neuroscience faces the same funding problems as music in the classroom does

Well worth a read!

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The Romantic Power of Music

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Recent studies show that musical ability might be a sexually selected trait.
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Aside from all the cognitive benefits of getting your kid into music classes early - here's another reason - chicks will dig them (and guys too!)  Well written article that looks at the first real rock star - Franz Lizt and examines why people go crazy around this kind of musical genius.  The consensus seems to be that if you can play your instrument at an exceptional level then you pretty much have your shit down - this is kind of like Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's towel.  

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A Musical Mission To Improve The Lives Of Elders With Dementia - NBC News

A Musical Mission To Improve The Lives Of Elders With Dementia - NBC News | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Alive Inside In the beginning, filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett had planned on following Dan Cohen for just one day. Cohen, a social worker and founder of t...
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The conversation on how music can help the elderly is picking up steam - the famous Henry Alzheimer's video which was published back in 2011 now has 1.5 million views.  This is an interview with a filmmaker who's documentary "Alive inside" highlights how music can have a huge impact on the lives of those with dementia.  It's insightful and touching - well worth a read. 

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To cut down on sugar just change the background music - Telegraph

To cut down on sugar just change the background music - Telegraph | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Playing 'sweet' sounding music over dinner could allow you to lower the amount of sugar in food without changing the taste in a phenomenon dubbed 'sonic seasoning' by experimental psychologists at Oxford University
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Really interesting idea but with fairly anecdotal and small study evidence.  But the promise of  making a dish seem 10% more sweet or sour just by altering the audio environment does open a lot of doors.  While there is definitely opportunity here - I'm a little suspicious of the wine pairings at the end of the article - a fun read!

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To The Beat And Sound - The Sport In Mind – Sport Psychology

To The Beat And Sound - The Sport In Mind – Sport Psychology | Music to work to | Scoop.it
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Some nice data here backed with research - the big takeaways are the use of music to either psych the athlete up - or to calm them down - clear evidence that the right playlist can achieve both ends.  interesting data on German soccer players improving their motor skills when listening to  music of a set rhythm - hopefully they won't be wearing them when they face theUSAon Tuesday! 

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Brain Research Shows Direct Connection Between Music Study and Cognitive Growth | The Royal Conservatory of Music

Brain Research Shows Direct Connection Between Music Study and Cognitive Growth | The Royal Conservatory of Music | Music to work to | Scoop.it
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Strong stuff from the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music.  Having compiled a number of studies over the last decade they're making the statement that the neuroscience is now proving that music has tangible benefits.  Parent's might want to consider the opening paragraph:

 

"... neuroscience research has been proving that music education fast-tracks speech and reading skills, trains children to focus their attention for sustained periods, and helps them to develop emotional intelligence, among many other lifelong benefits."

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Chuck Kelly's curator insight, June 12, 8:20 AM

Another artilce that shows the affect of music and the brain, explaining the usefulness of learning about music. 

Andy Nanton's curator insight, July 20, 12:58 PM

This source shows how the brain when stimulated by music shows increased information processing and motor coordination, and helps to create stronger neural connections in the brain which contribute to improved structure and function through a process called neuroplasticity.

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Singing For Their Supper: How Music Can Improve Performance in the Workplace

Singing For Their Supper: How Music Can Improve Performance in the Workplace | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Song Division believes composing a tune can lead to improved performance in the workplace. Since 2003, the company’s ensemble of professional
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I used to go on corporate management training courses and weekends and we never had a massive sing song - well - unless I was at the piano at the end of the night!  I love this as it is more evidence of the utility of music - can you imagine this taking place in corporate offices in the 90's?  

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Science Explains Why We Listen to Music That Scares Us to Death

Science Explains Why We Listen to Music That Scares Us to Death | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Thanks to evolution, some of us actually enjoyed listening to heavy metal, horrorcore, and 'Yeezus'.
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Really well written article, the idea that your visual sense decreases at night so the auditory sense takes over as primary predator detector is a great insight to how sounds can be really scary.  Well worth a read.

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Live Music May Help Premature Babies, Study Says

Live Music May Help Premature Babies, Study Says | Music to work to | Scoop.it
The sounds of live music confer health benefits on the tiniest and most vulnerable people—premature babies who are being treated in the neonatal intensive care unit, a new study says.
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It's all babies and pregnancy this week!  here's a study from 2013 published in the journal Pediatrics that looked at how music can deliver significant benefits to premature babies.  A decent study size of 272 premature infants used three different mechanisms:  recorded ocean sound, finger drumming on a Gato box and singing from the babies' parents.   All three groups saw benefits from the music although the singing groups showed the greatest increase in activity or alertness.  Bottom line - the data suggests that this is an effective tool to help the development of premature babies.

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Listening To Music Helps Women Get Through Labour

Listening To Music Helps Women Get Through Labour | Music to work to | Scoop.it
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I'd never heard of a "labour playlist" before - but I guess I'm not surprised.  music seems to become more utilitarian every day and there's plenty of evidence of its ability to ameliorate pain, so why not.  Although I did giggle at the last comment from a mother who said she can't now listen to Adele without thinking of Birth!  As the author says - you might want be careful what you put on your list!

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Not Just for Music: Drumming Is Therapy, Too

Not Just for Music: Drumming Is Therapy, Too | Music to work to | Scoop.it
A growing body of research shows that drumming has a positive effect on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, PTSD, and more.
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When you look at the list of benefits as identified by scientific studies it just makes you wonder why more people aren't shouting about this.  Improved T cell counts, helping Alzheimer patients, reducing drop out rates and even reversing genetic responses to stress!  I wonder if it's just cultural - the idea that a drum circle is typically populated by 60's throwbacks and the whole hippie thing that keeps people from actively attending or doing something with this information.  I guess we're going to need even more studies before people are convinced.

 

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Running to the beat of your own music

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One-hundred and seventy beats per minute. That's the song tempo Nate Hammond wants to hear while on a shorter, faster run.
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Studies over the years have show the clear benefits that music can bring to runners - I particularly remember the one quoted that shows that music can reduce the perception of exertion by 10% and that synchronizing movements to the beat can increase performance by 15%.  Who wouldn't want to get that benefit?

 

It's going to make runners at least more aware of the tempo of tracks and as the article says move people more into the techno and hip hop worlds!

 

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EyeMusic brings music to our eyes | Health

EyeMusic brings music to our eyes | Health | Music to work to | Scoop.it
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Reading this yesterday I immediately thought of that of that "terrific!" Ben Affleck Superhero movie - DareDevil - the one where he "sees" the world through visual radar - being able to use sound to bounce waves off objects and then interpret them kinda like a submarine!

 

This is not the case!  the point behind this article is the idea that the visual cortex isn't really about vision - and that if you train a blind person to read using touch with Braille, they use the same visual cortex as a seeing person.

 

What they're doing here is using sound to represent what the world looks like - not radar or sonar - but actually creating auditory signals such as upward swoops to represent smiles.  Apparently after just 30 minutes instruction, a blind person can identify a series of different shapes.

 

It's all pretty interesting and insightful when it comes to how the visual cortex isn't just about sight - but I'm not sure about the wider world applicability.  

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Think Before You Clap: You Could Be Beat Deaf

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People who can't clap on the beat drive comedian Aaron Michael King crazy, especially one group in particular. He devoted a whole YouTube sketc
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Had never heard of Beat Deafness before but it certainly makes sense.  The article starts a little tongue in cheek with the old chestnut that white people don't have rhythm but then actually gets to the science.  Interestingly enough even the guy who is supposed to be beat deaf can actually keep in time with a basic metronome.

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10 Pieces Of Music Created With Brainwaves | The Creators Project

10 Pieces Of Music Created With Brainwaves | The Creators Project | Music to work to | Scoop.it
These tech-aided, brainwave-created music experiments bring a new meaning to "straight off the dome."
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it's fascinating to see certain paths develop in this opaque world that is music and human beings and psychology and neuroscience.  There's a been a trend in recent years of people taking obscure data sets such as galaxy clusters or road layouts and turning that data into music.  Which is kinda cool but it's not really that "interesting" to me 'cos the music created is filtered through whatever the programmers add as the sounds to be manipulated by the data set - so it's kinda interesting but never sounds very good.

 

What we have here is the same concept of souhnd being generated - but the data set is waaaay more interesting.  Instead of gathering discrete data points and feeding them in to a program - brainwaves are picked up by EEG and fed into the sound generator in real time - in one example the sound generator is live musicians reacting to a score being created on the fly - which is pretty gnarly if you think about it.

 

There are 10 different examples and a few of them actually sound pretty good - of course a few others sound like cats screeching - but hey - progress is being made! 

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Pop music is making us depressed. But there’s a happy pill for that

Pop music is making us depressed. But there’s a happy pill for that | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Why are we so depressed? Well, that would require a book, but science show us our popular music is part of the problem.
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Hysterically funny love letter to Hayley Williams of Paramore wrapped in a smattering of relevant research mixed with a healthy contempt for today's plastic pop stars - definitely worth a read!

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Finding ‘Flow’ | Empower2Perform

Finding ‘Flow’ | Empower2Perform | Music to work to | Scoop.it

Have you ever felt that nothing seems to matter when you’re engaged in your activity and experiencing peak performance? You’re on ‘autopilot’ or you’re ‘in the zone?’ Perhaps you’ve heard others say they’re ‘at one with the music?’ Any idea what it all means, how you feel, and...

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Great introduction to the idea of Flow and how you can get there more quickly.  Not necessarily music specific - but the use of music to work to can enhance your transition into a flow state more easily! 

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New Study Shows We're Listening to Exactly the Wrong Music at Work

New Study Shows We're Listening to Exactly the Wrong Music at Work | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Turns out Adele is to blame for our employment problems.
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Nice to see Anneli working with Spotify - more grist to the mill for the utility of music and its role in helping people become more productive

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Sugar Bear Trio's curator insight, June 13, 11:22 AM

This is a real problem. America would be more productive with happier employees.! #musicforwork.

 

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Music Therapy Science - NeuroRhythm Music Therapy, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Music Therapy Science - NeuroRhythm Music Therapy, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 | Music to work to | Scoop.it
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This is actually kind of cool - mouse over the area of the brain and the page shows you what that area does - what brain areas deal with it - how music is processed by it and how music can help.  Nice introduction!

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Chuck Kelly's curator insight, June 12, 8:29 AM
Interactive Map of the Brain. This is background on which parts of the brain does what. 
Andy Nanton's curator insight, July 20, 12:50 PM

This source shows how music therapy can enable those without language to communicate and express themselves. It's a great source that helps give consciousness on the effect music has from a medical perspective.  

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Spiders know the meaning of web music | Science Codex

Spiders know the meaning of web music | Science Codex | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Spider silk transmits vibrations across a wide range of frequencies so that, when plucked like a guitar string, its sound carries information about prey, mates, and even the structural integrity of a web.
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It's studies like these that make me stop and wonder just what music can do - the idea that a spider can make sense of its environment by measuring frequency vibration has me thinking of just how much information music is delivering at a sub conscious level.  Ultimately though - I want a piano with strings made from spider silk - imagine that!!!

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Name that tune! Scientists find part of brain that recognises music

Name that tune! Scientists find part of brain that recognises music | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Iowa researchers discovered the same area responsible for remembering names and and landmarks, left temporal lobe, also deals with music.
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Another study that looks at the music / language relationship - not really earth shattering but does throw some light on how the brain names things.  We know that the left temporal lobe is the area that attaches names to things like faces and landmarks - and we know that these are visual stimuli - this study showed that the same area is responsible for naming auditory stimuli.  So - people with damaged left temporal lobes - although they can remember a song - they struggle with remembering its name.  The inter3esting study will be when they look at right temporal lobe deficiencies and see if the subjects can't even identify the melody.

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Christopher Coleman's curator insight, June 4, 1:09 PM

So keep that left temporal lobe healthy, people!

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Pregnant women 'much more receptive to effects of music'

Pregnant women 'much more receptive to effects of music' | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Compared with non-pregnant women, pregnant women rate music as more pleasant and unpleasant, and show greater changes in blood pressure while listening to music.
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Following yesterday's article about music playlists during child labor, Marie Ellis at Medical News Today looks at how women experience music throughout their pregnancy.  It seems that they have a much stronger reaction to music than non pregnant women leading the researcher to hypothesize that fetuses are conditioned to perceive music while still in the womb.  Interesting stuff! 

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