Music and the Brain

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In a fascinating article “Music: It’s in your head, changing your brain” published earlier this week by CNN, the author discusses the connections between mind and music. It’s a long article so we’ve highlighted some of our favorite points here:

  • When you play music you are exercising your brain in a unique way
  • Music allows you to think in a way that uses cognitive facilities that have nothing to do with music
  • Scientists are referring to the looping, sometimes annoying, sound segments that get stuck in your head as “ear worms”
  • Bone flutes are connected to 40,000-80,000 years ago which gives you an idea that people were at least playing music back then
  • Our ancestors long ago used music to help remember things, such as how to make food or directions to a water source
  • Music is strongly related with the brain’s reward system
  • It appears humans are the only primates that can move to a beat. Monkeys for example can’t tap their feet to songs, or recognize beats. Some birds however can mimic what they hear
  • A music beat can help people with motor disorders such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Victor Wooten and many musicians approach music as a language. He says “It’s rare that I ever meet a musician who doesn’t agree that music is a language. But it’s very rare to meet a musician that really treats it like one.”
-LAMA Staff

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One response to “Music and the Brain”

  1. Joanna X says :

    Wow! It’s very fascinating to see music being studying by scientists and not just speculated by artists. “A music beat can help people with motor disorders such as Parkinson’s disease”? WHAT! That is amazing. Music really does help people

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