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  • Here is a very different kind of study for the BBB community to ponder. Periodically the research community completes a systematic review, sometimes known as a literature review, of a given area of research. These studies help  people who use research to inform their practice and policies to compare across studies within that given area. […]

  • Some people have favourite fiction writers. We (The BBB Team) have favourite science writers. This abstract alone by Prof. Nina Kraus and Dr. Travis White-Schwoch has some great gems in it. Let’s start with this one: “The active, repeated engagement with sound demanded by music making augments the neural processing of speech, eventually cascading to […]

  • An extensive study has been released which found that students who studied music in primary school and into high school were almost one year ahead of their non-musically trained peers in their Maths, Science and English performance. This study is receiving a lot of attention on social media because it has such a large sample […]

  • Prof Glen Schellenberg is a giant in the field of music training and brain development. His paper of Music Learning and IQ was an incredibly important study when the field was in its infancy. His work has continued to rigorously examine the validity of the studies and findings within the field. As he works towards […]

  • You have probably heard of grey matter but have you heard of white matter? White matter in our brain is tissue composed of nerve fibres. The fibres (called axons) connect nerve cells and are covered by myelin (a type of fat). The myelin is what gives white matter its white colour. and makes up about […]

  • This is an interesting article and summarises important findings on the enhanced abilities of trained musicians when it comes to attention skills. Become a certified BBB Educator! Enrol today for the 2019 Course! But it is also interesting to delve into the paper itself and look at the section titled “Methods”. This tells us what […]

  • One of the biggest issues music learning has is the fact that it seems to be able to do it all; to improve children’s language skills, their ability to pay attention, to read, to problem solve, to calm anxiety, to deal with discomfort, to stick with a difficult situation or question, to remember new ideas […]

  • Participants in this study were older adults who engaged in a three month music or visual art program. Places are filling up fast! Book now to become a certified BBB Educator “Our findings reveal a causal relationship between art training (music and visual art) and neuroplastic changes in sensory systems, with some of the neuroplastic […]

  • Music and language: two sides of the human communication coin … This is the start of a brilliant quote from the minds of Prof Nina Kraus and Dr Jessica Slater. … while language is effective for semantically precise communication, the great strength of music lies in its facilitation of social bonding and shared emotion. Both […]

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