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The Benefits of Listening to Music at Work [INFOGRAPHIC] | CareerBliss

The Benefits of Listening to Music at Work [INFOGRAPHIC] | CareerBliss | musictherapy | Scoop.it
If your workplace allows you to listen to music on your headphones, there are many reasons to take advantage of this little office perk! Music is a lot...

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Una manera molt gràfica de representar els beneficis d'escoltar música a la feina :)

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Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 23, 6:34 AM

Absolutely! I listen to Music all day long.

tulasiraolanke's curator insight, January 23, 1:21 PM

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Christopher Coleman's curator insight, January 23, 3:46 PM

Just think how great it is if your work IS music!  Oh.  Doesn't work that way?

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Musicoteràpia per millorar l'estat emocional de pacients i malalts al Garraf

Musicoteràpia per millorar l'estat emocional de pacients i malalts al Garraf | musictherapy | Scoop.it
75 pacients i familiars han participat en aquestes teràpies, aconseguint millorar notablement el seu estat d'ànim i alleugerint alguns símptomes com l'estrès o el dolor (Musicoteràpia per millorar l'estat emocional de pacients i malalts al ...
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Therapeutic benefits of music being used to treat Alzheimer’s, addiction, and depression

Therapeutic benefits of music being used to treat Alzheimer’s, addiction, and depression | musictherapy | Scoop.it
New techniques using music therapy show promise in treating Alzheimer’s, addiction, anxiety and depression

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NME Blogs | The Science Of Music - Why Do Songs In A Minor Key Sound Sad?

NME Blogs | The Science Of Music - Why Do Songs In A Minor Key Sound Sad? | musictherapy | Scoop.it

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, February 27, 1:49 PM

A piece for NME by one of my favorite music scientists Dr. Vicky Williamson - and the answer to the question is culture - with a little bit of physics thrown in.  Interesting to read the NPR link that western pop may be moving away from predominately major music; perhaps future generations won't feel the association quite so much!  Oh - and you haven't yet experienced Losing My Religion in a major key - the track is embedded on the page - definitely worth a listen!

Alex Cowans's curator insight, February 27, 7:01 PM

I found this article very interesting because I have always wondered why major toned usually meant happy and minor toned usually meant sad. I wasn't surprised by the preliminary results that explained that because we grew up listening to  music and being  taught that major means happy and minor means sad. What I was surprised about was the secondary result which said that the nature of our music due to our own human speech tones and timbres when we are happy/sad. I was interested in the recent development that more music is in a minor key but we as a culture are not necessarily less happy. Very informative! I'm very happy to have came across this article! 

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The Benefits of Listening to Music at Work [INFOGRAPHIC] | CareerBliss

The Benefits of Listening to Music at Work [INFOGRAPHIC] | CareerBliss | musictherapy | Scoop.it
If your workplace allows you to listen to music on your headphones, there are many reasons to take advantage of this little office perk! Music is a lot...

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Una manera molt gràfica de representar els beneficis d'escoltar música a la feina :)

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Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 23, 6:34 AM

Absolutely! I listen to Music all day long.

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Christopher Coleman's curator insight, January 23, 3:46 PM

Just think how great it is if your work IS music!  Oh.  Doesn't work that way?

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Musicoterapia per a embarassades | banyoles30

Musicoterapia per a embarassades | banyoles30 | musictherapy | Scoop.it
Període: del 10 de gener al 28 de març La musicoteràpia prenatal dóna l'oportunitat de viure, sentir i gaudir l'embaràs d'una forma diferent del que s'hagi pog.
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Nous tallers de Música en família | EMM Mataró

Nous tallers de Música en família | EMM Mataró | musictherapy | Scoop.it
Després de l'èxit obtingut durant el primer trimestre, obrim nous grups dels tallers de Música en família per a infants de 0 a 3 anys.Aquest hivern els tallers seguiran oferint-se quinzenalment, al llarg de 5 sessions de 45 ...
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Musicoteràpia, més enllà de la música. | EDUCACIÓ ESPECIAL

Musicoteràpia, més enllà de la música. | EDUCACIÓ ESPECIAL | musictherapy | Scoop.it
L'altre dia en una conferència a Girona, en Joan Fontbernat, mestre de música i musicoterapeuta, amb experiència en el treball amb nens i adults amb discapacitat, ens va introduïr en l'interessant món de la musicoteràpia.
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The Benefits of Listening to Music at Work [INFOGRAPHIC] | CareerBliss

The Benefits of Listening to Music at Work [INFOGRAPHIC] | CareerBliss | musictherapy | Scoop.it
If your workplace allows you to listen to music on your headphones, there are many reasons to take advantage of this little office perk! Music is a lot...

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Just think how great it is if your work IS music!  Oh.  Doesn't work that way?

Celia Castillo's curator insight, January 24, 6:06 AM

Una manera molt gràfica de representar els beneficis d'escoltar música a la feina :)

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El Hospital Sant Andreu de Manresa incorpora la musicoterapia - La Vanguardia

El Hospital Sant Andreu de Manresa incorpora la musicoterapia - La Vanguardia | musictherapy | Scoop.it
La Vanguardia El Hospital Sant Andreu de Manresa incorpora la musicoterapia La Vanguardia La Sala Gótica del Hospital Sant Andreu de Manresa acoge cada primer y tercer miércoles de mes sesiones de musicoterapia gracias a la asociación Ánima de...
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Does music training change the brain?

Does music training change the brain? | musictherapy | Scoop.it

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, November 6, 2013 5:16 PM

This is a summary of a literature review which would make this a curation of a curation of a curation, nice!  Neuroplasticity is the big thing here - the brain's ability to route new connections and re-route old ones.  Neuroplasticity is a good thing if you want to learn something new like a language or a skill; the thinking is the more you do it - the easier it is.  So - does musical training change the brain - yep - the evidence would indicate that it clearly does - the big questions though are how and why and there's a hell of a lot of variables involved.

 

Image credit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3766835/figure/F1/

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The effect of music on stress levels in Nurses

The effect of music on stress levels in Nurses | musictherapy | Scoop.it
PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, October 18, 2013 1:56 PM

Nursing - stressful?  

 

Apparently if you compare nurses who sit in a chair for 30 minutes just resting, with nurses who listen to music for 30 minutes during their shift - the music group has significantly lower levels of cortisol, blood pressure, heart rate and all the other stress related symptoms.  Nice!

 

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Kelvin Omila's curator insight, November 5, 2013 1:05 PM

In this study/article, it explains and shows that music has an affect to the nurses who participated to this study, in where the researchers sat 54 nurses participants and findings showed that while listening to music, these nurses showed results such as a lower perceived stress level, cortisol, heart rate, mean arterial pressure and higher finger temperature while listening to music.

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Music affects how you perceive others

Music affects how you perceive others | musictherapy | Scoop.it

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:35 PM

Recently came across the Neuroaesthetics of Music group up inHelsinki.  They have some really interesting small FMRI studies that are delving into how the brain process music and emotion.  This study looked at how people perceived other human beings - one group got calming music whil doing it - another group got modulated artificial tones.  Seems that if you're experiencing calming and pleasant music - you will experience the world as calming and pleasant.  Not hugely surprising - but the study is looking at brain activity levels and apparently the differences in activity are quite significant.

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This is your brain on Vivaldi and Beatles

This is your brain on Vivaldi and Beatles | musictherapy | Scoop.it
Listening to music activates large networks in the brain, but different kinds of music are processed differently. A team of researchers has developed a new method for studying music processing in the brain during a realistic listening situation.

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, August 15, 2013 1:38 PM

Finally, a study that identifies a difference between how the brain processes vocal and instrumental music.    It's something that i have long believed is the case (and have built a business around it) but this is the first time I've seen some kind of scientific data.

 

Seems that in the presence of lyrics the brain shifts the processing of musical features towards the right auditory cortex - suggesting a left hemispheric dominance in the processing of the lyrics.

 

Now before we get all "Left brain this" and "right brain that" the study doesn't venture into the implications of the findings, but it's safe to say that with this first stone overturned - we should soon be getting a much deeper understanding of how all this works.

 

I love living today - we live in such exciting times!

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How Playing Music Affects The Developing Brain

How Playing Music Affects The Developing Brain | musictherapy | Scoop.it
Researchers in the burgeoning field of music neuroscience discuss the effects of music on brain development.

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, July 21, 2:01 PM

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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Does music training enhance working memory performance? Findings from a quasi-experimental longitudinal study

Does music training enhance working memory performance? Findings from a quasi-experimental longitudinal study | musictherapy | Scoop.it

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, March 13, 1:31 PM

So now we're getting into the nitty gritty of how music training actually affects the brain.  In this study fromGermanywe're looking at how musical training affects memory performance.

 

Groups of 50 children between the ages of 7 and 8 were tracked over an 18 month period.  One group had 45 minutes of weekly instrumental music training whereas the control group had 45 minutes of natural science training.

 

I'm not going to get into the details of Baddely's working memory model (you can read more about it here) but suffice it to say that the music group saw superior development in a number of aspects of working memory when compared to the control group.

 

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Instrumental Music Better than Lyrics for Knowledge Workers

Instrumental Music Better than Lyrics for Knowledge Workers | musictherapy | Scoop.it

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, February 26, 2:19 PM

Over 100 participants in their early twenties were given concentration and attention testing within different audio environments.  Background music with lyrics had a significant negative effect on performance.

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musicoteràpia i salut - Blogger

musicoteràpia i salut - Blogger | musictherapy | Scoop.it
Em considero amant de la música i una apassionada de la psicologia en l'àmbit de salut. El meu objectiu és viure en equilibri i m'he adonat que per aconseguir-ho he de fer realitat un somni: arribar a dominar la ...
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El president de l'ACMT i Santi Serratosa parlen de musicoteràpia al ...

El passat 8 de gener de 2014, el president de l'Associació Catalana de Musicoteràpia, Oriol Casals, i Santi Serratosa, músic i musicoterapeuta, van parlar de la musicoteràpia en el marc lúdic del programa “Divendres” de ...
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Tráiler del documental 'MUSICOTERAPIA - VIDA AL FINAL DE LA VIDA' - YouTube

En este documental realizado por HOW audiovisual & multimèdia junto con el Institut Català de Musicoteràpia, el Parc de Salut Mar y la Universitat de Barcelo...
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How Music Makes Us Feel Better

How Music Makes Us Feel Better | musictherapy | Scoop.it
The idea that music can have therapeutic value is far from new, and the data supporting it have grown even stronger…

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, December 13, 2013 1:42 PM

Interesting summary piece from the New Yorker a few months ago - the main focus being a study in Japanon recovery rates of mice after heart surgery with some groups being exposed to music and some not.  The takeaway - along with other studies referenced is that music is good for you and can make you feel better.  There's an interesting essay from Kimberly Sena Moore who used this article to question the whole idea that it's just "Music makes you feel good."  Her point is that music does so much more than just help in recovery, there are so many areas in which music affects us that distilling it down to just making you feel good seems a bit sophomoric and basic.  You can read Kimberley's post here:  http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-musical-self/201312/music-its-more-feel-good

Angie Mc's curator insight, December 14, 2013 9:22 PM

Music heals and uplifts. 

Lindsay Ahmann's curator insight, January 11, 9:19 PM

I found this article very interesting because this could be the next big thing in medical advances. If they find music to help the healing process, we could improve our surgical survival rates along with our recovery from other diseases. As long as the patient finds the music enjoyable, it is proven to show accelerated recovery. Being able to test this experiment and find positive results is really a cool thing because it shows how our body responds to certain noises and frequencies.

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How Music Makes Us Feel Better

How Music Makes Us Feel Better | musictherapy | Scoop.it
The idea that music can have therapeutic value is far from new, and the data supporting it have grown even stronger…

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, December 13, 2013 1:42 PM

Interesting summary piece from the New Yorker a few months ago - the main focus being a study in Japanon recovery rates of mice after heart surgery with some groups being exposed to music and some not.  The takeaway - along with other studies referenced is that music is good for you and can make you feel better.  There's an interesting essay from Kimberly Sena Moore who used this article to question the whole idea that it's just "Music makes you feel good."  Her point is that music does so much more than just help in recovery, there are so many areas in which music affects us that distilling it down to just making you feel good seems a bit sophomoric and basic.  You can read Kimberley's post here:  http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-musical-self/201312/music-its-more-feel-good

Angie Mc's curator insight, December 14, 2013 9:22 PM

Music heals and uplifts. 

Lindsay Ahmann's curator insight, January 11, 9:19 PM

I found this article very interesting because this could be the next big thing in medical advances. If they find music to help the healing process, we could improve our surgical survival rates along with our recovery from other diseases. As long as the patient finds the music enjoyable, it is proven to show accelerated recovery. Being able to test this experiment and find positive results is really a cool thing because it shows how our body responds to certain noises and frequencies.

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Music - a gift for language learners - Telegraph

Music - a gift for language learners - Telegraph | musictherapy | Scoop.it
When it comes to language learning, new research reveals that your best asset may be your vocal cords, not your dictionary, says Anne Merritt.

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, November 15, 2013 3:16 PM

Interesting study done byEdinburghUniversityresearchers demonstrating that language recall is improved if the initial input was presented as a song.  This article highlights 5 ways you could use music in your language learning.

I'm actually learning Spanish at the moment and am using a combination of browser, mobile apps and podcasts - it's pretty cool and I feel I'm making progress but as a musician I reckon if I could find some music learning tools too - that would be amazing! 

Linda Alexander's curator insight, November 16, 2013 9:14 AM

Great article related to the link between music and memory, and music and language skills. 

Hayden Brown's curator insight, December 10, 2013 7:16 PM

I have always believed that music enhances the mind's ability to learn new things.

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Babies can learn music in womb, study says

Babies can learn music in womb, study says | musictherapy | Scoop.it
Babies who had a lullaby played to them regularly while still in the womb recognized the song months after birth, a study has found.

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, November 8, 2013 5:03 PM

More temptation for the "baby Einstein" people as a small study inHelsinkishows that babies can recognize songs played to them in the womb.  The babies don't really have an awareness of the music - as the article says - there's no "Oh, that old song from my intrauterine days!" the study used EEGs to identify recognition patterns.  So now that we know that babies can indeed "learn" while in the womb - the ethical debate starts over what and whether we should teach them. 

 

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Using Music to Close the Academic Gap

Using Music to Close the Academic Gap | musictherapy | Scoop.it
New studies on the cognitive advantages of learning instruments at early ages

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, October 11, 2013 1:47 PM

More research into how music, and specifically the learning of an instrument in a group setting has a positive impact on cognitive functions.  This is a long article but f you're interested in the background behind this and what's happening with current longitudinal studies it's a fascinating read.

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Playing instrument 'sharpens mind'

Playing instrument 'sharpens mind' | musictherapy | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of St Andrews say those who play a musical instrument pick up mistakes and fix them quicker than those who do not.

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, September 30, 2013 11:46 AM

More evidence on the benefits of playing an instrument when it comes to mental acuity.  Although a limited sample size of 36 participants, this St Andrew's study focused on a set of mental tasks, the amateur musicians were significantly quicker at identifying and correcting mistakes than non musicians.  Clearly musicians are awesome...

Linda Evans's curator insight, September 30, 2013 2:26 PM

Playing instrument 'sharpens mind'