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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  • Group singing scientifically strengthens a community 🎶🧠 “You hear people say all the time, ‘Oh, I can’t sing’ or ‘I’m not good enough to sing,’ and I really think that’s a shame. It goes against our evolutionary history.” Check out the BBB Shop for posters and books! Let’s take ourselves back just a bit. What […]

  • “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 […]

  • Music = brain pleasure 🧠🎶💕 “This study shows for the first time a causal role of dopamine in musical pleasure and motivation: enjoying a piece of music, deriving pleasure from it, wanting to listen to it again, being willing to spend money for it, strongly depend on the dopamine released in our synapses,” Learn more […]

  • In this study, released by Florida International University, they found that group music classes affected overall competence, confidence, caring, character and connection 🧠🎶👏 “For years music and arts programs have been seen as important from the ‘access to the arts’ perspective, but not from the perspective of how crucial they are to the development of […]

  • “A common argument against daily music education is that it takes time away from teaching fundamentals such as reading and math. But evidence shows that music training actually improves children’s reading and math skills, suggesting that it can pay dividends in more traditional academic domains” A great article from Dr Nina Kraus, one of the […]

  •   “Stay on task, remember what you are doing and think creatively” says every teacher in some way to their students throughout the school test. While we might know what these learning behaviours look like from the outside, do we really know what is going on inside the students brains? And how on earth can […]

  • If you’re a musically trained person, your fluid intelligence is probably highly developed! But what is fluid intelligence? Fluid intelligence is the ability to think abstractly and solve problems. The authors in this study (see link) explain that fluid intelligence is a set of “skills that are highlighted in musical training, in which successful performance […]

  • How does drumming assist school children diagnosed with autism? Did you struggle to maintain your concentration when doing your homework? Maybe you should have learnt rock drum kit. In this study (see link) they found that 10 weeks of rock drum kit improved dexterity, rhythm, timing and the ability to maintain attention for children with […]

  • Music & Literacy Education Is Money Well Spent “It’s about how we spend the money”. That was the catch cry of a number of politicians this week when the preliminary results from NAPLAN were released. Senator Birmingham was referring to the disappointing return on their investment in education. So Senator, what are we spending the […]

  • How Playing A Musical Instrument Benefits Your Brain (Concert Program Insert) This text was written for use in a concert performance program to help educate parents about music learning and brain development as they watch their children perform. There is now an enormous amount of research that has explored, measured, quantified and illuminated the benefits […]

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