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  • Can we introduce you to a researcher to watch – Dr Psyche Loui Dr Psyche Loui is a psychologist, neuroscientist and musician who investigates how music can be used to understand the brain. She is a violinist and works to connect our understanding of the brain with the experience of being a music learner and […]

  • Some people have favourite fiction writers. We (The BBB Team) have favourite science writers. This abstract alone by Prof. Nina Kraus and Dr. Travis White-Schwoch has some great gems in it. Let’s start with this one: “The active, repeated engagement with sound demanded by music making augments the neural processing of speech, eventually cascading to […]

  • This study explored if humans and monkeys process music, specifically pitch processing, the same way. Why would they want to research this? The reason is music, as we know it, is a unique creation by humans. Does that mean that the human brain has different functions and structures that are specific to music? And if so, […]

  • Music has been used as an intervention around the world to help students, and inevitably whole communities, who are living in challenging circumstances. These circumstances have a profound effect on children’s brain development and their education, and music programs have had seemingly miraculous impacts on both the social and educational issues associated with disadvantage. Cutting […]

  • 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 […]

  • This study has compared musical training with the visual aspect of reading languages. The most interesting thing about the study design is that they have compared Chinese language reading and English language reading. The main visible difference between these two types of language reading is that English is read sequentially from left to right whereas […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • “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 […]

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