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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  • Ever wondered what that tingling sensation in your brain or on your scalp is called when you listen to music? We hadn’t wondered, but we feel better now that we know. It is called the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR). We probably won’t remember that long name or the acronym but “head orgasm” is a […]

  • One of BBB’s favourite researchers, Dr Patricia Izbicki, has done all the hard work for us and summarised the five great reasons why music learning is the childhood experience that just keeps on giving well into our later life. Here is her five reasons why your brain will thank you for learning music; 1. Music […]

  • It is hard to conceptualise that our brain waves can be in sync or out of sync. Yet this concept of brain wave synchronisation is fascinating neuroscientists as they are finding that the more consistent the synchronisation, meaning the longer our brain waves can stay in sync, the more effectively we can learn. To explain […]

  • What kind of benefit do we really get from learning music when we are children? This study found that people who learned for more than 10 years didn’t have any differences compared with the control group of non, or low activity, musicians in the areas of attention/processing speed, or episodic memory. Get your students talking […]

  • Most people enjoy listening to music, but some people do not. For some music just does not do much, either emotionally or cognitively. Studies around how people experience music can help us understand the mechanisms behind the enjoyment of music. This study suggests that “Our model posits (puts forward) that hedonic (great word, it has […]

  • It has been widely publicised that the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the U.S. has just awarded the Sound Health Initiative $20 million over the next 5 years to look into the health and learning benefits of music and music learning. Read more about this in October’s member package! Firstly, this is an enormous […]

  • A woman is holding an electric guitar and making the rock-on symbol with her hand

    Music therapy and music learning are having a profound impact on the life and rehabilitation of people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. It is important to understand the difference between music therapy and music learning because sometimes they either look very similar, or one leads seamlessly into the other. Music therapy is a music based intervention […]

  • An elderly lady enjoys music through headphones

    Have you ever been in a very noisy place, maybe at a restaurant for a dinner with 10 people and there are multiple conversations going on, not just at your table but at all the tables around you. I was at such an event the other day with people between the ages of 25 and […]

  • How efficiently is your brain working today? 🧠🎶🥁🎷🎹🎺🎸🎻😃 Music learning trains the brain to use less brain resources when compared with non musically trained people (and in this case those who are also bilingual). The cognitive function featured in this article is working memory, which is the part of our brain that is important for […]

  • Music learning has been found to significantly improve hearing in children. And when we say hearing we mean not just the detection of sound but the processing of sound for meaning. If we spend a great deal of time in our childhood actively processing sound (not just hearing a lot of consistent sounds from a […]

  • Participants in this study were older adults who engaged in a three month music or visual art program. “Our findings reveal a causal relationship between art training (music and visual art) and neuroplastic changes in sensory systems, with some of the neuroplastic changes being specific to the training regimen.” This means that music and arts […]

  • “The physical and mental benefits of playing an instrument extend to all types of players — from beginners to professional artists. And it’s never too early — or too late — to start. Learning an instrument can help develop your brain when you are a kid; playing an instrument as a senior can help you […]

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