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  • Today we launch the “Get your Bigger Better Brain at home” series. This is in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the move by countries around the world to shut down school and commence at home learning for an extended period of time. This shift to at home learning has been incredibly rapid. The […]

  • Today we launch the “Get your Bigger Better Brain at home” series. This is in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the move by countries around the world to shut down school and commence at home learning for an extended period of time. This shift to at home learning has been incredibly rapid. The […]

  • If you are a musician, then you really do hear the world differently! This study looked at expectation and prediction, and if musical training had any influence on the differences we hear. As a test, the researchers looked at melodies that didn’t finish in an expected or satisfying way. The researchers wondered if music training […]

  • Why do we prefer different types of music? Why isn’t there just one type of music that everyone likes? The answer may be that we only get connected with our true selves, the part of our brain that is full of our thoughts, through music that we choose for ourselves. “The listeners’ preferences, not the […]

  • Listening or playing music is often used by teenagers to assist in their study or to celebrate afterwards. But does it help them perform better in the exam itself? This study found that stressful situations can be alleviated by music and other activities in preparation for a stressful event. It also found that listening to […]

  • 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) […]

  • 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, […]

  • Do men and women hear differently? Maybe. This report speaks on the lack of auditory processing differences at birth and in young children, but how differences may appear in adolescents as puberty changes our brains and bodies. This research has interesting implications – it may contribute to our understanding of why males seem more vulnerable […]

  • 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 […]

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