Research Updates

Here at Bigger Better Brains we believe that through educating yourself, you can then educate and affect positive change in your community.

With all of the research in the field of neuromusical science, our BBB Research section serves as a content hub for you. We regularly share findings and break down the latest research to educate and inspire discussion. We hope you enjoy this page on our website and share BBB news with your colleagues, parents and students.

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  • To help you better understand these new courses, Dr Anita Collins has prepared a quick FAQ audio for you to listen to. Anita answers questions including: Which online course is best for me? What’s involved with the assessment? How long will the course take me to complete? We currently have three online courses to choose […]

  • Dyslexia, beta waves and rhythm processing – that is a mouthful of tricky words. But in this new study, they are all connected and could reveal new understandings about the brain mechanisms that cause dyslexia. Firstly, what is dyslexia? Developmental dyslexia is a reading disorder that features difficulties in perceiving and tracking rhythmic regularities in […]

  • Bilingualism and music learning have often been connected when it comes to auditory processing development. Do you know why? The reason for this connection is that music and language share an overlapping neural network, so the more we use that overlapping network, the faster, better and more effectively our language and music development will be. […]

  • One of the challenges with neuromusical research is that it can be so technical that it is hard to connect what the studies find with what it could mean in the “real world”. This study is a perfect example with the title “Gamma-Band Frequency Analysis and Motor Development in Music-Trained Children: A Cross-Sectional Study” What […]

  • A significant proportion of neuromusical research is conducted in Western countries such as the US, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and Australia. This is for several reasons; the technology that is used to conduct this research is extremely advanced and requires high levels of research funding; the expertise of the researchers need to conduct the research takes […]

  • For almost a decade now we have understood that music listening activates the reward network in the brain. The reward network sends impulses around our brain that make us feel “rewarded” which are those same feelings when we are recognised for something good that we have done. Think back, can you remember a time when […]

  • Can you think of tasks you do regularly that demand a low level of sustained attention? It could be something that is repetitive and doesn’t really require deep thought. At the BBB office, we immediately said house cleaning! It is not hard to do, but it is repetitive, requires lots of movement patterns, and has […]

  • Do you know someone who struggles to hear the emotions in speech? Imagine a situation where two friends meet a third friend for lunch. The two friends come away from the lunch date, and one says, “well, she seems like she is doing very well” while the other says, “she sounded so defeated by her […]

  • As students worldwide are having educational experiences that are a little or a lot different to their “normal”, teachers are looking for ways to maintain students’ engagement in a similar way to when they are attending “normal” school. Remote or a combination of online and face to face learning is not standard, so maybe we […]

  • Have you ever noticed when you are driving with music playing, or your children are chatting in the back as you drive to a new place, you quickly turn the music down or ask the kids to be quiet? Why do we need quiet to do new things and, conversely, why do we find having […]

  • Age-related hearing loss, it doesn’t sound very good. However, it is something that almost every person as they age will begin to experience. With hearing loss comes not only the lowering of our ability to hear the nuances in sound and some specific sounds altogether, but it can also lead to a withdrawal from conversations […]

  • Did you know there are many types of sharing? When you stop and think about it, there are many ways we can share a toy or food, but most of the time, as parents or educators, we would say something like “let’s just be nice and share.” There is a whole field of research known […]

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