Music and the brain

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?






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4 thoughts on “Music and the brain

  1. Great information! It certainly helps keep me inspired to teach my children the piano.

  2. Renee,

    Thank you for visiting my not-quite-ready-for-public-viewing site. I’ve got about 50% of the initial idea in place; the really good material will be here soon. Your comment is especially generous. Given the pace and scope of your life, I’m extremely honored by your visit. 🙂

  3. This is going to be an awesome blog. I enjoyed the post about Kim Peek :). Hope you’re doing well.

  4. George,
    How wonderful to see your name here! I’ve taken some time off and away from work–including this project, which really isn’t work, as I’m sure you realize, it’s great fun. Please email me an update of your year, which I hope was your best one thus far.

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