Research Updates

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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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  • Have you ever wondered what the connection between music and dyslexia might be? Researchers in Italy have provided a good description of the connection. “Since music and language share common mechanisms and the core deficit underlying dyslexia has been identified in difficulties in dynamic and rapidly changing auditory information processing, it has been argued that […]

  • 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 […]

  • Couple playing music on guitar and maracas

    I am sure there is a joke in there, but as you think about what it is, you should have a look at this new study. It looked into the differences between auditory processing skills, like auditory memory, and speech in noise. Get all cutting-edge research you need to support your music program! Become a […]

  • Young girl smiles while playing violin

    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 […]

  • Baby plays pots & pans with wooden spoons

    This article explains the newly discovered connection between dyslexia and rhythm so well I am going to quote it. “Prof Usha Goswami found that the dyslexia is not caused by children reading words incorrectly, but instead their inability to hear the rhythm of words when they are being spoken. Brain scans show that the metre […]

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

    Possibly! This heavy duty article highlights the recent research which has found that music listening and performance has been found to influence how genes behave or regulate themselves. The first few sentences set the scene and we have done a translation for you. We’ve translated heaps of cutting edge research for you to access! Join […]

  • But, we don’t yet know how it (your brain) functions differently to result in the ability to identify a pitch individually. In the research, perfect pitch, which is a commonly used term, is referred to as absolute or AP pitch. Researchers have known for sometime that the brain structures (parts) of a person with absolute […]

  • Do you or don’t you? Do you know someone who seems to have rhythm coming out of every part or pore and other people who couldn’t walk to a beat if their life depended on it? How much is innate and how much is learned? Rhythm is becoming one of the most researched areas in […]

  • Good question! There is a great deal of debate around this question. In the research, the term Absolute Pitch (AP) is used for the more common term of perfect pitch. This recent study points to a stronger genetic link than previously thought. Subscribers get access to information like this + more every single month! Become […]

  • This new research looks at the emotive factors in music and uses an idea called the “inverted U”. This is the idea that we like and enjoy just the right amount of musical elements to get us to the top of the inverted U (the peak of enjoyment) and to keep us there. This research […]

  • “In today’s world, filled with myriad parenting methods and high-tech toys that promise to enhance infant development, it is easy to overlook how fundamental the time-honoured practice of music is for all children—starting pre-birth. Music is crucial for babies in every developmental sense: with regards to communication and language; emotional and social well-being, and even […]

  • Our auditory processing system is possibly our largest information gathering sense. It keeps us safe and it processes mountains of information without our knowledge. It also never turns off. But, sometimes it just gets tired and bit overwhelmed. Think of how your auditory processing is going after a long and possibly very noisey day, you […]

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