Mozart effect (part 2)
To test their assumptions Rauscher put a special experiment on rats, which is obviously not an emotional reaction to the music. A group of 30 rats was placed in a…

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Music and health (part 2)
Russian writer F. M. Dostoevsky told how in 1848 the composer Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka visited the Society of lovers of literature. He then played Chopin, Gluck and his own compositions.…

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Enhancing cathartic experiences through music
One look at a person who has a difficult experience in his memory, actualized in the present, is enough to determine the presence of this experience. Usually, the person tries…

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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Musically gifted brain

Just as short-term learning increases the number of neurons that respond to sound, long-term learning increases the responses of nerve cells and even causes physical changes in the brain. Brain reactions of professional musicians differ significantly from those of non-musicians, and some areas of their brain are over-developed.

In 1998, Christo Pantev (Christo Pantev) from the University of münster in Germany showed that when musicians listen to piano playing, the area of auditory zones reacting to music, they have 25% more than non-musicians. Studies of children also confirm the assumption that early musical experience facilitates the “musical” development of the brain. In 2004 Antoine Shahin (Shahin Antoine), Larry Roberts (Larry E. Roberts) and Laurel Trainor (Laurel J. Trainor) from McMaster University in Ontario recorded the reaction of the brain 4-5 year old children to the sounds of piano, violin and pure tones. Continue reading

What is the secret of the mesmerizing power of music

Music is all around us. At the sound of a powerful orchestral crescendo, tears come to my eyes and goosebumps run down my back. The musical accompaniment enhances the artistic expressiveness of films and performances. Rock musicians make us jump to our feet and dance, and parents lullabies quiet kids songs.

The love for music has deep roots: people compose and listen to her since the very beginning of the culture. More than 30 thousand years ago our ancestors already played stone flutes and bone harps. It seems that this hobby has an innate nature. Babies turn to the source of pleasant sounds (consonances) and turn away from unpleasant (dissonances). And when we experience awe at the final sounds of the Symphony, the same pleasure centers are activated in the brain as during a delicious meal, sex or taking drugs. Continue reading

Why music heals?
Almost everything that happens in nature is connected with the world of sounds. At least in the wild. We can consider it proved that music influences us, plants and animals.…

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Linguistic revival
A foreign language is much more than just new words. We also need to learn in which cases to use certain words, what should be highlighted, in what rhythm to…

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Auditory therapy of A. Tomatis (part 1)
About 40 years ago, the French otolaryngologist Alfred Tomatis made some amazing discoveries that gave impetus to the development of the method of Tomatis. This method has different names: "auditory…

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Mozart effect (part 4)
A typical case occurred with a patient of the North Italian hospital. Patient E. all her 68 years of life spoke her native North Italian Veronese dialect, very different from…

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