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do musicians have better memory?


Music is a resource that tones the brain for auditory fitness,” says Nina Kraus, a prominent brain researcher at Northwestern University. She says that musical training expands a person’s “working memory.” Read more at thankyoubrain.blogspot.com. In an experiment “students with musical training recalled significantly more words than the untrained students” as explained at music improves language and memory.

Watch how a math teacher uses rap music to help students remember mathematical rules and equations.

Did you know that listening to Mozart can improve test scores and that music has been shown to help Alzheimer’s patients?

Scientists are exploring the possibilities and the mechanics of music and memory. Here are some layman thoughts, a tongue-in-cheek brain activity explanation, and a neuroscience discussion which includes fMRI photos of music’s affect on the brain’s memory centers.

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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in memory, rap, your brain on music

 

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Amusia: an inability to process music


All music sounds like loud noise to her. She has no emotional reaction to music and does not perceive the rhythms and the melodies. It’s a condition called amusia. This is a true story. Many people have this condition at birth and sometimes they acquire it later in life.

Oliver Sack’s book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Revised and Expanded Editioncontains many stories of brain anomolies as they apply to the perception of music. In this video, Sacks tells the story of a woman who cannot process music due to amusia…

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in sound, your brain on music