Since the development in the 1980s of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and later functional, or real-time, imaging (fMRI), neuroscientists have collected significant data that plainly indicate that music directly affects our brains. Multiple studies show that simply hearing music ignites areas of the brain in both hemispheres and that concerted engagement (reading notation, regular practicing, performance) with music activates the brain in extraordinary ways to be discussed below. Evidence is emerging of long-lasting, significant improvement in mental and intellectual capacity when a person has developed certain levels of musical ability.
One purpose of SoundThinking is to track and document current, authenticated research on music and the brain.
When we know, for a surety, that a particular activity improves brain performance, wouldn’t we want everyone to engage in that activity?