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The Beatles' Surprising Contribution To Brain Science

The Beatles' Surprising Contribution To Brain Science | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"The same brain system that controls our muscles also helps us remember music, scientists say. When we listen to a new musical phrase, it is the brain's motor system — not areas involved in hearing — that helps us remember what we've heard, researchers reported at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans last month."

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15 Studied Effects of Classical Music on Your Brain

15 Studied Effects of Classical Music on Your Brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Classical music, whether you love it or hate it, has been a powerful cultural force for centuries. While it no longer dominates the music scene, the argument for continued appreciation of the genre goes far beyond pure aural aesthetics. Classical music has been lauded for its ability to do everything from improve intelligence to reduce stress, and despite some exaggeration of its benefits, science shows us that it actually does have a marked effect on the brain in a number of positive ways.

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Musicians' Brains Might Have an Edge on Aging - US News and World Report

Musicians' Brains Might Have an Edge on Aging - US News and World Report | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"It's been said that music soothes the savage beast, but if you're the one playing the instrument it might benefit your brain.

A growing body of evidence suggests that learning to play an instrument and continuing to practice and play it may offer mental benefits throughout life. Hearing has also been shown to be positively affected by making music."

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Music: It's in your head, changing your brain - CNN.com

Music: It's in your head, changing your brain - CNN.com | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

(CNN) -- Michael Jackson was on to something when he sang that "A-B-C" is "simple as "Do Re Mi." Music helps kids remember basic facts such as the order of letters in the alphabet, partly because songs tap into fundamental systems in our brains that are sensitive to melody and beat.
That's not all: when you play music, you are exercising your brain in a unique way.

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Never Too Late to Learn

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Norman Doidge reviews Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning by Gary Marcus....Neuroplasticity is the property of the brain that allows it to change its structure and function through mental experience....

The question thus inevitably arises: What ambitious kinds of learning might we, as adults, undertake? Is the brain plastic enough, say, for a 39-year-old adult without any apparent musical skill to learn an instrument and become a musician? In "Guitar Zero," the cognitive psychologist Gary Marcus sets out to answer this question by using himself as a guinea pig.

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This Is Your Brain on 'Call Me Maybe': The Scientific Power of Music (Video)

This Is Your Brain on 'Call Me Maybe': The Scientific Power of Music (Video) | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Like food, sex, and drugs, music boosts dopamine levels to create addictive feelings of pleasure. In this short, scrappy video, the web series ASAP Science illustrates how it works.

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Deliberate Pratice-The Most Valuable Lesson I Learned from Playing the Violin

Deliberate Pratice-The Most Valuable Lesson I Learned from Playing the Violin | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"When it comes to understanding expertise and expert performance, psychologist Dr. Ericsson is perhaps the world’s leading authority. His research is the basis for the “10,000-hour rule” which suggests that it requires at least ten years and/or 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to achieve an expert level of performance in any given domain – and in the case of musicians, more like 15-25 years in order to attain an elite international level.

Those are some pretty big numbers. So large, that at first I missed the most important factor in the equation.

Deliberate practice."

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Study Finds High Brain Integration in Top Performers - Psych Central News

Study Finds High Brain Integration in Top Performers - Psych Central News | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

 

Why do some people excel in sports, music and managing companies? New research points to uniquely high mind-brain development in those who excel. "What we have found is an astonishing integration of brain functioning in high performers compared to average-performing controls,” said Fred Travis, Ph.D., director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. He claims this research is the “first in the world to show that there is a brain measure of effective leadership.”

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NOVA | A Mind for Music

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Watch as neuroscientist Oliver Sacks's brain responds differently to pieces by Bach and Beethoven. (Video)

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Music training has biological impact on aging process

Music training has biological impact on aging process | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training, according to the first study to provide biological evidence that lifelong musical experience impacts the aging process.

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