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This is your mind on music

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Mainly Mozart's innovative "Mozart & the Mind" series will get you thinking
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It is super exciting to read about the new developments in understanding music and the mind - this article gives insight into potential applications for treating and even reversing cognitive illnesses through understanding how music works in the brain.  Awesome!

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You are a musical expert – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis – Aeon

You are a musical expert – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis – Aeon | Music to work to | Scoop.it
You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities. You just don't know about them yet
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Ok - this is long but well worth the read.  The big takeaway for me is just how powerful a force music is in our lives.  The author uses a number of different studies to demonstrate quite how exceptional every person's musical ability is.  If you know someone who professes to have little or no knowledge of music - send this to them - it'll be quite an eye opener!

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Can banging on a drum SAVE your hearing? 

Can banging on a drum SAVE your hearing?  | Music to work to | Scoop.it
In particular, it can improve hearing in noisy environments, such as parties and restaurants - one of the big bugbears for people with a hearing impairment or age-related hearing loss.
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Much as I hesitate to amplify the Daily Mail - there's a good point here.  Tiny study from our friend Nina Krauss over at Northwestern (well - she's not really our friend but we'd like her to be 'cos her work is fascinating!) that shows that musicians are better at detecting sounds against noisy backgrounds as compared to non-musicians.  This is particularly useful as we age - how many times do you see the elderly straining to hear when out for dinner.  Although the study looked at musicians who played from childhood - Nina reckons any kind of musical training will help hearing loss later in life - makes sense to me!

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Do you have friends that say "Oh, but I'm not musical at all"?

Do you have friends that say "Oh, but I'm not musical at all"? | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Researchers might have found the first case of ‘beat deafness’
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It's estimated that about 4% of people in Western Europe andNorth Americasuffer (and I use the words suffer with full intent!) from amusia - a condition that makes it horribly difficult to recognize and reproduce melodies or rhythms.

 

This article looks at some of the science and testing behind the condition.  Scary stuff!

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Grad School Playlist: Why We Need Music To Survive Grad School

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By: Niki Fritz When I asked Josh Sites about the role of music in his life, he gave me one of those furrow-browed, overly pensive looks he dons when he is about to unload some heavy thoughts or tak...
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A musician and music lover's thoughts on why music is so important - ranging from evolution, through specific playlists for different activities and then touching on the idea of flow.  Good stuff!

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7 Reasons You Should Listen To Music When You Work Out

7 Reasons You Should Listen To Music When You Work Out | Music to work to | Scoop.it
A recent study found that not just listening, but controlling and creating music in time to one's pace had an even more profound effect on perceived effort during a workout.
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Wondering about whether you should add music to your workout?  Here's a nice list from the Huffington post - with links out to research - that shows why perhaps you should give it a try.

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New study says listening to jazz music could improve your putting: The Loop

New study says listening to jazz music could improve your putting: The Loop | Music to work to | Scoop.it
If you’re struggling with your putting and have exhausted all other options, Clarkson University may have just offered you a lifeline.According to a new study by the school published in the Journal of Athletic Enhancement, listening to music while you...
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I'll be sending this one to my dad!  Admittedly by the researcher - a sample size of 22 isn't exactly viable - however - seems that listening to music - in particular Jazz music - can affect your golf game - at least when it comes to putting!  No big surprise here - but I suspect the PGA have rules about golfers wearing headphones - mind you - it would be kind of cool to see Tiger Woods rocking a huge pair of Beats headphones as he swings! 

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This Is How Music Can Change Your Brain

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Actively learning to play an instrument can help a child's academic achievement
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I tell every new parent I meet about the benefits of learning an instrument.  It's research from stalwarts like Nina Kraus at Northwestern that help to put the kibosh on the whole Mozart theory and shine the light on the real benefits that come from engaging with music.  The big takeaway is that the kid actually has to engage in class - like anything - if they're not going to make the effort to learn - they're not going to get the benefit.  But kids who enjoy learning an instrument and actively participate do see improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores - that's gotta be good!

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Hip-hop helps with depression says study

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LONDON — With its links to gang warfare, drugs and drive-by shootings, the hip-hop music scene has never professed to be beneficial for health.
But now psychiatrists at Cambridge University believe that “hip-hop therapy” could help people who are depressed or mentally ill.
In an article in The Lancet Psychiatry, the team claims lyrics that speak of overcoming hardships and struggles offer a refuge for the desperate, while rapping problems acts as an emotional outlet.
“Much of hip-hop comes fr
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Study out ofCambridgeUniversity- so its got to have some validity no?  The idea here is about helping mentally ill and depressed people through positive visual  imagery by using the lyrics from rap and hip hop.  As the researchers say - hip hop lyrics often refer to overcoming struggles and projecting what the good life looks like - all lyrical topics that can help people create a similar vision for themselves.  It's a little bit "file under duh!" but hell - whatever works to help people has gotta be good, but I'm guessing they won't be trying this therapy with white middle-class patients!

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Science Proves: Pop Music Has Actually Gotten Worse

Science Proves: Pop Music Has Actually Gotten Worse | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Science confirms what you've always suspected: music these days is worse than it used to be.
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I like this study - although the title is a little "linkbaity" - it looks at how music has changed over the last 60 years through the lenses of :
1. Timbre - which is all about the tonal quality - how it actually sounds
2. Pitch - which looks at the dynamism of the track - harmonies, chords, melodies etc
3. Loudness - yes - just how loud the song is when you play it

And the results show that since 1955 - timbral variety decreased, pitch content decreased and loudness increased.

Shocker huh!?

I could speculate forever on the reasons behind this but I suspect the main culprits are economics and technology. But I'm an optimist and have no doubt once the humans assimilate the new electronic instruments that we'll begin to see an expansion of the first two again.

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Natural sciences, the arts: Can facts and theories across disciplines create a common groundwork of explanation?

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Great for the common explanations essay!

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This is the kind of music you should listen to at work - Telegraph

This is the kind of music you should listen to at work - Telegraph | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Listening to music at work increases accuracy and speed, a new study has found. The genre you should choose, from classical music to dance beats, depends on what your work involves
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Of course one has to be careful with "Industry" funded studies but this is just more evidence of how companies are looking to use music to drive productivity in the workplace.  The thing is they still seem to be applying a "one rule fits all" approach - and we know that it really doesn't.  Here they try to tell you which genre of music to listen to while doing a specific type of task and while there's some sense to this - it isn't going to work for everyone.  What companies need is not one stream which is sent out to everyone but a central library of tracks and playlists that each individual can choose from and select to create their own personal audio environment.

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Why you should control the music you work to

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Music by Modes Rodríguez on Flickr

 Part of a study from Dr. Amanda Krause and colleagues showed that how people experienced their music had a significant impact on how they felt about it.  Implications on music to work to

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Your Brain... A Social Network?

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SciWorks Radio is a production of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem. Human made
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This is brilliant - I love how the science is getting better and better.  here's the takeaway; when you listen to music that you like, but that is not necessarily your favorite, your brain engages the memory formation networks.  However - when you listen to your favorite music, the brain no longer engages the memory formation networks.  Which kinda makes sense - 'cos it's already know - it's your favorite - and so the brain can devote resources elsewhere.  Which opens the door to more accurate music therapy when developing a program for Alzheimer's patients.  Awesome!

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Motivation: Get into the “Flow” with Music in Sport and Exercise - The Sport In Mind – Sport Psychology

Motivation: Get into the “Flow” with Music in Sport and Exercise - The Sport In Mind – Sport Psychology | Music to work to | Scoop.it
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Good overview article of how you can introduce music to your sport and exercise routine to get into a state of Flow more quickly.  Good examples from world class athletes backed up by research - if you're at all interested in this area - this is well worth the read.

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Want To Enhance The Flavor Of Your Food? Put On The Right Music

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Researchers at the University of Oxford have discovered a link between what you taste and what you hear.
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I love studies like these, while initially it all sounds rather odd and contrived, the more you think about it, the more it makes sense.  We've all experienced how certain environments can make food taste magical and it sound has a huge impact on that.  What's interesting here is how they isolated high pitch as having an effect on sweet & sour  tastes while lower pitches will affect bitter tastes.  The researchers reckon they can change the experience in the mouth by about 5 or 10 percent.

 

Of course, you know where this going now...you'll be able to tell what the chef's preparing just by listening to what's playing in the restaurant - and I'm not sure how I feel about that.

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We Found The Exact Music To Break Through Open Office Distractions

We Found The Exact Music To Break Through Open Office Distractions | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Listening to music can help you find focus, but exactly what you listen to makes all the difference.
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This is a super article from the staff at Fast Company magazine on using music to get more productive in the office environment.  There seems to be a burgeoning backlash against the whole open office concept - the figure from a survey mentioned here that 30% of office workers are distracted by coworker conversations would seem to add grist to that particular mill!

 

Lots of good stuff in here addressing types of music, noise level, familiarity, not needing music at all - just ambient noise etc - definitely worth a read!

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Study finds music is universal – from the rainforest to the metropolis - The Strad

Study finds music is universal – from the rainforest to the metropolis  - The Strad | Music to work to | Scoop.it
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I kinda like this - have two massively disparate groups - and I guess you can't get much more different than Pygmies and Canadians - then play them different pieces of music - half of it western classical, the other half Pygmie "classical" - and get the groups to rate their emotions using emoticons - simple!

 

Turns out that music does tend to elicit the same emotion regardless of culture - but the really interesting bit to me was that the Canadians displayed more emotional responses than the Pygmies.  The researchers revealed that there are no depressing songs in Pygmy culture and that they actually use upbeat music in order to "evacuate negative emotions."

 

I'm thinking the Pygmies might be interested to read some of the recent studies that show that depressing music can actually act as a positive mood regulator - still - fascinating stuff! 

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You Can Now Listen to Music With Your Bones

You Can Now Listen to Music With Your Bones | Music to work to | Scoop.it
You’ve never felt music like this before.
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This is kinda cool - I especially like the application for cyclists - where you experience music through your butt and leave your ears free to help you navigate the traffic.  Yes - you should probably read the article shouldn't you!

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Does Music Have Healing Powers?

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Studies shows music is a potent treatment for mental health. Thanks Pete Seeger!
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Research is now making it clear that music has positive impact across the full spectrum of mental illness from schizophrenia through to chronic pain.  This article looks at the role Pete Seeger played in creating the environment for this to happen - he was indeed a dude! 

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Scientists study all the ways music can boost health

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It’s only recently, with the advances in brain research, that science has begun to understand just how far-reaching the benefits of music can be for our physical and emotional health.
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A more general article that looks at all the different ways in which music is being used to boost health.  The one thing that resonated with me was the statement from a hospice program manager that hearing is the last sense to fade away at the end of life - the idea that music can accompany and soothe you in the darkness is deeply appealing. 

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How Repetition Enchants the Brain and the Psychology of Why We Love It in Music

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"Music takes place in time, but repetition beguilingly makes it knowable in the way of something outside of time." "The repetition itself (How repetition enchants the brain and the psychology of why we love it in music

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playalongjon's curator insight, September 21, 2014 5:43 PM

Chanting also comes to mind!

interconnectionss's curator insight, September 25, 2014 9:24 PM

So this is why I can remember every song I listen to, but everything I have learnt in my HSC seems like a vague, distant memory? 

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Get that song out of your head the scientific way - CNET

Get that song out of your head the scientific way - CNET | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Did you overhear a pop song at the supermarket that now won't leave your head alone? Scientists are claiming to have found the best way to banish it.
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We've looked at the dreaded earworm problem before but I hadn't seen this study that suggested the way to solve the whole "song stuck in my head" was to solve puzzles - in particular sudoku or by far the most effective, solving 5 letter anagrams.

 

Who knew?  You do now.  Thank us later!

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Feeling down? Then listen to sad music - it lifts the mood!

Feeling down? Then listen to sad music - it lifts the mood! | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Free University of Berlin discovered that nostalgia rather than sadness is the most common emotion evoked by sad music, such as ballads by Adele (pictured).
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And we're back for 2015 with a little reminder from the immortal words of Bernie Taupin (as put to music by Elton John) that - Sad Songs (say so much) - or in this study - they help us feel so much.  The idea that you should listen to happy music if you want to feel good is not necessarily the case.  Sad songs can make you feel a number of emotions and act as cathartic "flushing" of bad feelings - so much so that most people find they get all happy and nostalgic, or if you come from Asia - at peace and rested.   So - the next time you're feeling down and find yourself reaching for your Spice Girls collection - stop - change gears and go for a bit of Joy Division or maybe a smattering of Bon Iver - it's good to cry!

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This Is Your Brain on Silence - Issue 16: Nothingness - Nautilus

This Is Your Brain on Silence - Issue 16: Nothingness - Nautilus | Music to work to | Scoop.it
One icy night in March 2010, 100 marketing experts piled into the Sea Horse Restaurant in Helsinki, with the modest goal of making…
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Fabulous article, well presented and backed up with insightful research.  For me it's the whole"Life in balance" thing again - just because listening to certain music can improve productivity some of the time - it doesn't mean it's going to work all of the time.  The big takeaway for me from this article is the need for contrast - for change.  While we could all benefit from neuronal growth during extended periods of silence - it's the change between the different states - noise to silence and back again that seem to really stimulate the brain.

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HSC exam guide: how to use music to prepare for exams

HSC exam guide: how to use music to prepare for exams | Music to work to | Scoop.it
Students, the impending horror of exams is nearly upon you. But music can help you out. To put it simply, turn to tunes to terminate the terror of term-time. As with so many psychological phenomena that…
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It's interesting to see music being presented in such a utilitarian way but we've been expecting this for years now.  Adrian North looks at how to use the base mechanisms: physiological arousal and emotional influence to get the most out of your study time.  I especially liked the idea of listening to the music that you studied to just prior to the exam in order to aid recall.  This seems like low hanging fruit for switched on students!

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Your call is important to us: the history and psychology of hold music

Your call is important to us: the history and psychology of hold music | Music to work to | Scoop.it

In 2012, according to Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, an Adelaide man was kept on hold with the airline Qantas for 15 hours. As a recorded message affirmed, over and over, that a customer service agent would be with him “soon,” he simply stayed on — working, reading, waiting. As he told the newspaper, “I wanted to find out what exactly they meant when they said they would be with me as soon as possible.”

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The history of hold music - and the psychology behind it - fascinating to think about the early days of telephony and how exciting it was to get a phone call from another country.  I wonder what they would think of our modern smart phones.  An interesting and entertaining piece - worth the 5 minutes!

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