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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  • 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 […]

  • Listening to music syncs our brain, but then we get bored. There is a theory called the theory of familiarity in music. It is, as described at the end of this article, the idea of an inverted U. As we listen to music over and over again we like it more and more, but then […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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