Classical music and your baby’s brain

Mozart_effect_6eed5520_f269Listening to classical music may soothe your baby and turn her into a classical fan later in life, but it won’t make her smarter. Researchers at Appalachian State University believe that they’ve debunked what has been called the Mozart effect, a temporary increase in intelligence experienced after listening to a piano sonata written by the famed composer.

The Mozart effect was first reported in 1993 by scientists at the University of California at Irvine, and replicated by the same group in 1995. The study (which did not look at the effect of Mozart on babies) found that college students who listened to a Mozart sonata for a few minutes before taking a test that measured spatial relationship skills did better than students who took the test after listening to another musician or no music at all.

The effect in the students was temporary (it lasted only 15 minutes) and has always been controversial. Nonetheless, the media and politicians hopped on the Mozart effect bandwagon, claiming that listening to the music offered numerous benefits and could alleviate physical and mental health problems.

The notion that babies would be

5 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Classical Music

kt8f0111-smaller-credit-tomThere is no doubt that there are benefits to be found in many different genres of music. It can often seem to help when nothing else is able to change our mood or motivate us.

For thousands of years, humans have been intrinsically linked to music in all its forms. It is part of our mourning, our celebrations, and our rituals.

Researchers in Finland set out to prove just how linked we can be and discovered that classical music in particular influences your brain’s gene expression, resulting in positive effects on cognitive function (such as learning and memory) and dopamine production.

It also lowered activity in cells such as synuclein-alpha (SNCA), known to lead to neurodegeneration. Their findings confirm recent studies that found music could offer neuroprotective benefits.

SNCA is one of the primary genes known to indicate risk for Parkinson’s disease and was particularly affected by music therapy. However, “The effect was only detectable in musically experienced participants, suggesting the importance of familiarity and experience in mediating music-induced effects.”

5 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Classical Music

Twenty minutes of Mozart created measurable changes physiologically and mentally. Imagine if you

This Is How Music Can Change Your Brain

Feed+Your+Brain+MusicThere’s little doubt that learning to play a musical instrument is great for developing brains.

Science has shown that when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn’t otherwise hear. This helps them develop “neurophysiological distinction” between certain sounds that can aid in literacy, which can translate into improved academic results for kids.

Many parents probably read the above sentence and started mentally Google-ing child music classes in their local area. But if your kid doesn’t like learning an instrument or doesn’t actively engage in the class–opting to stare at the wall or doodle in a notebook instead of participating–he or she may not be getting all the benefits of those classes anyway.

A new study from Northwestern University revealed that in order to fully reap the cognitive benefits of a music class, kids can’t just sit there and let the sound of music wash over them. They have to be actively engaged in the music and participate in the class. “Even in a group of highly motivated students, small variations in music engagement —

I Have a New Favorite Website That I Found

I have always loved movies, which means that I have seen a good many of them more than once. I have a big movie library here at home, which consists of a built-in bookshelf that spans two entire walls from ceiling to floor. Then, a friend introduced me to Bollywood films. I fell in love with a lot of the songs played in them. Soon after, I found online, which is a website that has a lot of the songs from some of my favorite Indian movies. As soon as I finish watching a film that has a song that I like, I rush there to see if that site has the songs or even the full song list.

I always tell everyone I know that they should check out the movies that come out of India. They are so innocent, colorful and fun. Unlike movies that come out of my own country, the movies from there are usually about happy things or even romantic things. Continue reading “I Have a New Favorite Website That I Found”

10 Tips to Pick the Best Study Music

It is said that to study it’s necessary to have a quiet environment without distractions. However, for some, studying in a quiet environment can backfire. This ‘quiet environment’ can make you end up fighting boredom and succumbing to the allure of sleeping at your desk! This is why the importance of choosing the right music for studying can’t be underestimated.

Although some studies say that listening to music while you study isn’t good, for many people it’s vital. It’s calms them down, which can lead to productive studying. Music can also help elevate your mood and motivate you to study longer.

The real challenge is to select the right music for studying. The wrong type of study music may end up distracting you from your study. So today we are going to offer some tips and ideas on how to pick the best study music for you!

10 Tips: How to Choose Your Music for Studying

Tip # 1

Classical music is peaceful and harmonious making it one of the best options to listen to when studying.

Tip # 2

It seems that there is evidence that Mozart improves mental performance. They call it the “Mozart Effect.”

Tip # 3

Listen to ambient instrumental music. This type of

Listen to classical music

There have been numerous studies conducted over the years on the benefits of listening to music while studying; and the consensus seems to be that, on the whole, for those studying academic or professional courses, listening to music with lyrics has a detrimental effect on concentration levels and memory. Lyrics can work as a distraction – especially when you are reading and writing – and more often than not, make processing information much harder.

However, the benefits of classical and instrumental music for those studying ‘logical’ subjects have recently been proven. Dr Emma Grey, a London-based clinical psychologist specialising in cognitive brain therapy, has revealed that listening to classical music which has 60-70 beats per minute, stimulates learning and enhances concentration. In her study, participants who had listened to classical music scored, on average, 12% more in a maths exam than those who had revised in silence.

“The melody and tone range in classical music, like Beethoven’s Fur Elise, helped students to study for longer and retain more information,” said Dr Grey. “Music in this range induces a state of relaxation where the mind is calm but alert, the imagination is stimulated and concentration is heightened (similar to a meditative

Building Babies Brain The Role of Music

“Researchers believe that musical training actually creates new pathways in the brain.”

Music has a powerful effect on our emotions. Parents know that a quiet, gentle lullaby can soothe a fussy baby. And a majestic chorus can make us swell with excitement. But music also can affect the way we think.

In recent years, we’ve learned a lot about how the brain develops. Babies are born with billions of brain cells. During the first years of life, those brain cells form connections with other brain cells. Over time, the connections we use regularly become stronger. Children who grow up listening to music develop strong music-related connections.

Some of these music pathways actually affect the way we think. Listening to classical music can improve our spatial reasoning, at least for a short time. And learning to play an instrument may have an even longer effect on certain thinking skills.

Does Music Make Us Smarter?

Not exactly. Music seems to prime our brains for certain kinds of thinking. After listening to classical music, adults can do certain spatial tasks more quickly, such as putting together a jigsaw puzzle.

Why does this happen? The classical music pathways in our brain are similar to the