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  • Wouldn’t you love to tell your inner critic to quit it sometimes? It turns out that when musicians improvise, that pesky inner voice that tells us “don’t say that” and warns “what will happen if you’re wrong?” goes quiet. It makes sense, Thelonious Monk said “wrong is right” in jazz and if this is so, […]

  • We are just going to leave this here … Arthur (Brooks, leading US economists and social scientist) was once asked whether he’d learned anything as a serious musician that applied to his current work (as a faculty member of the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School and author of 2 New York Bestseller books on […]

  • We are sharing this again as we have recently had people asking for an updated post focusing on more scientific aspects of the study. Connectivity is an interesting thing. In society, we continually look for connectivity, whether it be with people, places or ideas. Sometimes, that connectivity is very strong, other times it is very […]

  • Finally, that song that keeps playing on a loop inside our heads for no apparent reason has a name – stuck song syndrome! In this interview with neuroscientist and opera singer Indre Viskontas she explains what it is. “So, earworms are a term that we use for songs that get stuck in our heads. The […]

  • Do you have similar musical tastes to your friends? How about your work colleagues? Do you think musical tastes tell us anything else about a person? This study thinks it might when it compared musical taste with political leaning. The big five personality domains they are referring to are: Openness to experience (inventive/curious vs. consistent/cautious) […]

  • “Adults who engage in synchronous movement to music later report liking each other better, remembering more about each other, trusting each other more, and are more likely to cooperate with each other compared to adults who engage in asynchronous movements.” This could be why music festivals seem to be going from strength to strength, we […]

  • This is a fascinating idea – how do we fall in love with music? And as we age, why do we like music less? This article explains the biological concept very well. “We know that musical tastes begin to crystallize as early as age 13 or 14. By the time we’re in our early 20s, […]

  • Here is one of those research sentences that are so useful when we are explaining how music learning impacts on every child’s development. “The results suggest that systematic extracurricular programs, particularly music-based training, may accelerate the development of inhibitory control and related brain networks earlier in childhood.” This research paper is reporting on the progress […]

  • Imagine a music therapist and their patient wearing EEG caps. Imagine them working together and coming to a moment when the therapy was “working”. Imagine seeing the EEG signal suddenly change for the patient, and then seeing the same change in the therapist just afterwards. Imagine both the patient and therapist identifying afterwards that this […]

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