The brain is "under jazz»
When jazz musicians improvise, their brains switch off the areas responsible for self-censorship and inhibition of nerve impulses, and instead turn on the areas that open the way for self-expression.…

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The most terrible hip-hop
When an ordinary man in the street hears the word "rap", he comes to mind reciting a bit about the beautiful and luxurious life, or Vice versa — about the…

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Myths about language (part 2)
For all kinds of "inability" to foreign languages often is either a lack of knowledge of the native and – I'm not afraid of the word – dislike for him,…

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Monthly Archives: November 2017

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 the standard Italian — her second language, which she studied at school, but almost never used. As a result of a stroke, the patient was speechless and for two weeks did not say a word.

Then the power of speech returned to her. There seemed to be a complete recovery. But those who came to visit her relatives were amazed that she answered them in her second, half-forgotten, standard Italian. In her native Veronese dialect, which she spoke every day of her life, she could not utter a single phrase, although she understood those who spoke to her. It was as if after the disease had “erased” the part of the brain where the native, Veronese dialect was “recorded”, some other part of the brain that had returned to memory a long-forgotten second language came into operation. Continue reading

Mozart effect (part 3)

The study of the Mozart effect on children and other experiments on the effect on the development of the child’s brain gave impetus to the widespread dissemination in American society of the ideas of the so-called child determinism — the theory that the first three years of life are decisive for the mental formation of the child. Parents were taught to care for the formation of neural networks in the child’s brain at a very early age.

This new campaign was started by Rob Rainer in a book called “I’m your child.” The first years of life remain forever, he told readers. And this is because it is in the first years of life that the child’s brain forms trillions of synapses (connections connecting brain nerve cells). Continue reading

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 room where Mozart’s Sonata in C major sounded for more than two months for 12 hours in a row.

It turned out that after that the rats ran the maze on average 27 percent faster and with 37 percent fewer errors than the other 80 rats that developed among random noise or in silence. According to Rausher, this experiment confirms the neurological rather than emotional nature of the Mozart effect. Continue reading

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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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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Chinese musical instrument
For some reason, Chinese music, even popular, eludes the European listener. People are frightened by strange symbols instead of the usual Latin or Cyrillic, a strange incomprehensible language and a…

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In healthy skin - healthy hearing (part 1)
The theory States that the brain uses a holographic coding system, so it is able to encode sensory signals through all the senses. Therefore, any stimulus, such as sound, for…

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