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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  • This study looks at how our brains engaged with familiar and unfamiliar music. Turns out our brains sustains engagement with music that is unfamiliar. This is interesting from an educational perspective – we often here the question “should we keep students engaged through studying/playing/learning music they know?” or alternatively “different music is too challenging for […]

  • The reward network in our brains is one of the most fascinating areas of the brain. It is often the underlying network that propels our behaviour as well as override our good judgement. It is also one of the key networks in learning. That little buzz we get when we learn something new, closely followed […]

  • This article is a great explanation of working memory and the different ways it is affected by disorders such as dyslexia, auditory processing disorder and ADHD. Learning music has been found to be a great tool to improve working memory because it can rewire how memories are created and help students keep more information on […]

  • Our hearing is precious 🧠🎶👂 The next generation may experience cognitive decline earlier due to losing their hearing at a younger age. There are many dangers to our hearing health – it could be because our world is noisier than ever or because we many have been using headphones at a high volume for many […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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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