At the limit of hearing possibilities
French otolaryngologist Alfred Tomatis was the first to systematically investigate the influence of high-frequency sounds on the human psyche. According to his theory, the child, floating in amniotic fluid during…

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Music and health (part 1)
I was walking along a quiet, old Moscow street one day and heard the wonderful sounds of Chopin from the window. Marvelled. After all, this house is a Russian research…

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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…

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We see sound (part 1)

“I weighed the sound, measured and calculated
In the mystery of the word cunning penetrated.
And intelligent evil I have planned –
Gland to betray your living language…”
(A. Zhuravlev)
1. “Sound + color” ?
The property of sounds to cause color images has been seen for a long time. A lot was written about the color hearing of A. Scriabin, who saw musical sounds in color. The whole trend in art – color music – is based on this property of the sounds of music. Continue reading

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 to hide the emotion escaping to realization, perhaps interpreting it as negative.

But the tensions that arise in a person who suppresses his emotions help to destroy the “primary essence”, which increases the alienation of most people from themselves and others (Lowen, 1975). According to Lowen, the “primary essence” is the pleasure of life, the source of which is the freedom of movement and the lack of tension in the body.

In the modern world of “distress” and stimulants, the acquired automatism of control of bodily stresses does not allow to have enough freedom of movement for timely response of bodily stresses. In many cases, therapeutic practices remain the most effective methods, which include elements of catharsis(from the Greek. catharsis — cleansing). Continue reading

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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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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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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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…

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