Music And The Brain
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Music And The Brain
Humans have known for a long time that music can have profound effects on the brain. As time moves forward, we are beginning to discover more and more ways that this is true. There are however (as there are with everything) pros and cons. Pro's: -Enhanced memory -Increased sense of hearing. Con's: -Potentially could damage your hearing.
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Is Your Work Playlist Helping Or Hurting You?

Is Your Work Playlist Helping Or Hurting You? | Music And The Brain |

Unfamiliar music makes you more productive--no, wait, it makes you less productive. Which one is it?


Depends. As SoundCloud has said, since sound is fundamental to humanity, its possibilities are infinite. One of those possibilities is helping to mitigate the distractedness of the open office--where all that yabbering pulls you away from the work you're doing. But the right music can pull you back in, as Michele Hoos observes for the Daily Muse.


Listening to your favorite songs is a transactionless kind of positivity--but it can have its costs.


She cites Your Playlist Can Change Your Life, a pop psych book that explores how music affects us. Soundwaves are potent stuff, the authors explain: After smell, music is the "fastest, most user-friendly way to influence and reset your brain networks without using an external substance."


Trippy. So how do we use it?


Via Pamir Kiciman
Andy Galicki's insight:

According to this article, the types of music that you listen to while doing something can greatly influence your productivity. Supposedly if you listen to your favorite songs while you work, you actually get less done due to the fact that you want to focus on that music as opposed to doing the work you were supposed to. On the contrary, if you listen to music that you are unfamiliar with, you are more likely to not get attached to it and so you will focus more on the task at hand.

Pamir Kiciman's curator insight, July 21, 2013 10:26 AM

It has to be just the right kind of music. After some testing and experience with your personal proclivities, it becomes easier to find the right sounds for the job at hand. Having eclectic taste helps too.

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This Is Your Mind on Music

This Is Your Mind on Music | Music And The Brain |

Whether a song prompts you to remember your first dance, or an annoying tune won’t stop buzzing around in your head, there is no doubt that music has unique effects on memory. APS Fellow Carol Krumhansl, a professor at Cornell University, studies this distinct connection. She took a few moments to speak with the Observer about her work as well as the upcoming theme program “Music, Mind, and Brain” at the 24th APS Annual Convention in Chicago, IL.

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Andy Galicki's insight:

Although this article is very similar to the others, you can clearly tell that it is credible. It is tagged from the APS Annual Convention for Cognitive and Developmental Psychology.

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Music and The Human Brain

Music and The Human Brain | Music And The Brain |
Music and the Human Brain
From VOA Learning English, this is Science in the News. I’m Christopher Cruise. Today we tell about experiments at a major university in the United States.

Via David M
Andy Galicki's insight:

This article really rings true with me. I always find myself telling other people that music improves your brain, and this article proves it. I discovered some things in this article that I didn't know before, such as the fact that people who have played instruments since they were a child actually have better memories than those who didn't.

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Music and Intelligence: Nothing Activates More of the Brain than Music

Music and Intelligence: Nothing Activates More of the Brain than Music | Music And The Brain |
Although wild claims about ‘The Mozart Effect’ have been debunked, it’s true that music education—when it’s done right—can foster the development of intelligence.  Scientists and intelligent consum...

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In this article, people discuss  how teaching music to children at very young ages can develop their brains much further than if those children had not had any musical experiences when they were young. It also discusses the many unique effects that result from young children being exposed to and learning music.

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Computer designed by scientists to compose music which makes the brain feel happy

Computer designed by scientists to compose music which makes the brain feel happy | Music And The Brain |
Scientists are developing an intelligent music computer which can analyse a person’s brain activity when they listen to sounds and then composes new music designed to make them happy.

Researchers, who believe the mood-altering music-writing software can help combat stress and depression, will unveil the first composition created by the project at a music festival in Plymouth tomorrow. (Sat)

The project is being led by Dr Eduardo Miranda, a composer and professor at Plymouth University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR), and Dr Slawomir Nasuto, a professor in the Cybernetics Research Group at the University of Reading.

Using Artificial Intelligence techniques, the computer will play music and analyse the brain activity of the listener for emotional indicators. Based on this feedback, and a programmed knowledge of music, it will generate new sounds that can alter these emotions.

The project has been awarded a £880,000 grant by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The first public demonstration of the research will be a concert entitled ‘Symphony of Minds Listening’ on Saturday, in which the second movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony will be “remixed” and reassembled to reflect the brain-scanned activity of three volunteers during listening.

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I think that this technology is going to help out in professional industries more than anyone would think. It might not even have to be related to music. I mean really, a computer can now analyze your brain and write a song to make you happy? Why limit that computer only to composing music, when it could do so many other things by simply detecting brainwaves.

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