Tuesday, May 23, 2006

This Just In.....


''Nothing activates as many areas of the brain as music.''

''Music makes you smarter because it helps you understand yourself as a human being and your relationship to the world.''

"....Disproving earlier assumptions that musical activity takes place in the right hemisphere of the brain, the activity occurs with equal vigor in the left - or rational - hemisphere. Music is an emotional and intellectual activity that engages all the brain. Almost.

During performance, there is almost no activity in the frontal lobe, where conscious thought takes place. When Yo-Yo Ma is playing his cello in concert he's not thinking. All the thought took place earlier and if he were to think now it would impede his playing. He is simply performing, much like a highly trained athlete."

''Music is always a physical activity. Musicians are small-muscle athletes. And not just the performer. A listener sitting still in a classical concert hall is having the area of the brain that controls motion stimulated."

"Like mathematics, music is a necessary way of understanding the universe.''

''No music exists asocially.''
Researcher Donald A. Hodges

"....A person with brain damage from a stroke may not be able to speak, but can sing because the area that controls music is not damaged...."

"Music can help us unblock the search for our inner self.''
Theresa Lesiuk, who teaches music therapy at University of Miami

Excerpts from "Notes on the brain: Does music make you smarter?"
BY ENRIQUE FERNANDEZ
Knight Ridder Newspapers

Image by Chuck Ivey

5 Comments:

Blogger Darius said...

But if you're having the same area of your brain stimulated, how come I can't sing harmony?

6:55 PM  
Blogger isaiah said...

Singing harmony is simply a matter of letting go and feeling the notes before you open your mouth and letting them flow... there is an 'art' to singing harmony, but nothing that can't be learned with a little patience.

Go for it!!

7:13 PM  
Blogger Trev Diesel said...

DIG! Great quotes my man!

9:35 AM  
Blogger Miriam said...

Speaking of music...here is part of an article on NIH and alternative medicine.

"• A study led by neurologist Barry Bittman of the Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville, Pa., found that patients who took part in group drumming, or drum circles, experienced increased levels of disease-fighting immune system cells called natural killer cells.

Bittman, who also has done research on the medical benefits of laughter, tested blood chemistry of 111 healthy people in a series of experiments. Participants in all groups experienced a drop in cortisol, an indicator or stress, Bittman says, but only the group of active drummers had a significant increase in natural killer cells.

He attributes the change to the stress-reducing benefits of self-expression, camaraderie and the rhythmic drumming. He says group drumming is being incorporated into stress-reduction programs in workplaces and medical centers. The studies were sponsored by drum manufacturer Remo."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2001-04-17-holistic-medicine.htm#more

But my sons beg me not to sing, and one says i just do not have the beat, still our hearts do have the beat!

4:29 AM  
Blogger "James" said...

(nods).

Yes, I would be so lost without music.

(bows).

1:39 PM  

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