Music to eat macaroons by

25 October 2012
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Crossmodal perception research at Oxford University has shown how our olfactory perception can be influenced by the sound. For example, eating a piece of toffee whilst listening to the sound of birds might seem sweeter than when eating the same toffee accompanied by the sound of waves on the beach. Read more on how sound and taste are linked here

Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

17 September 2012
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From the NYT Well-Blog: When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life, at least for those who continue to be engaged with music. But a study published last month is the first to show that music lessons in childhood may lead to changes in the brain that persist years after the lessons stop. Researchers at Northwestern University recorded the auditory brainstem responses of college students — that is to say, their electrical brain waves — in response to complex sounds. The group...

Using rap to treat posttraumatic stress

23 May 2012
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An Iraq war veteran who suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder is using rap to help him overcome his symptoms. It seems that one in six war veterans suffer from PTSD. The use of music has proved to be an alternative way of helping him. Dunson raps about his life: “What’s wrong with me? Got PTSD. These pills ain’t working, man, I still can’t think.” Read more here.

Early musical training is good for your baby

14 May 2012
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After completing the first study of its kind, psychologists at McMaster University have discovered that very early musical training benefits children even before they can walk or talk. Read the full article here.