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Weekender - Time Signature: How Music Plays With Our Perceptions

We all know the feeling of being transported by a lilting melody, or enraptured by a rhapsody that seems to mute our senses to all else but its divine resonance.

Yet we may not realise that music is a powerful medium which can actually affect the way we perceive the world; science has proved that it alters our brain functions and can...
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Singing Songs Can Give You a Merry High

For those of us who are not members of a choral group or band, Christmas is the time of year when we are most likely to exercise our vocal chords and do some carol-singing, but research studies confirm that we should not wait until the festive season to search out our singing voices and belt out our favourite tunes.

Scientists and...
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Music Medicine

Music has been incorporated into medical practice since before the ancient Greeks. However, though practitioners have been convinced of music's health benefits for thousands of years, there had been little peer-reviewed research to back them up, but recent studies are changing all that.

A number of new studies to support music's...
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Music Changes the Brain

Lots of things change the brain (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), and one of these is music. At a time when school budgets are...
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Want to Join a Band? Print Yourself a Guitar

We've told you about printed pets, printed robots, printed meat, and even a...
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Muzak Robot Reads Your Mind

If a robot could read your mind, it would know what kind of music you're in the mood to hear and instantly play it for you.

Shimi is a kind of robot jukebox, stuffed with music you like (just like your ipod), but it's different in one way: it...
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Stonehenge: Inspired by Music?

It's long been known that Stonehenge is laid out as a prehistoric calendar, and it may also be a type of ancient hospital. Now there's a third explanation for the stone formation: It may have been laid out...
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New Violins Sound as Good as Old Ones

It's always been assumed that if a violinist wants to turn professional, he or she needs to get hold of a Stradivari or Guarneri instrument. These violins are so rare that they cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, meaning that potential concert violinists have a harsh reality to face...
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The Science Behind Soulful Songs

Why do we love songs that make us cry? The strong emotions they invoke set off a physical reaction that increases our "feel good" hormone dopamine. So even though it seems like we're unhappy, we've never felt HAPPIER!

When psychologist John Sloboda...
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Music to Our Ears

Why do we like the kinds of music we do? It could have to do with our brains (as well as the shape of our ears). We all love the sights and sounds of...
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Why Did the Music Die?

Some deaths are suspicious. Now scientists think that a couple of famous musicians from the past may have died from vitamin deficiencies!

The most famous of these is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who lived from 1756 to 1791, and suffered from...
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Want a smart kid?

Give him or her music lessons! Those childhood music lessons keep our minds sharper as people age, even if we no longer play the instrument. A study recruited 70 healthy adults age 60 to 83 who were divided into groups based on their levels of musical experience. The musicians performed better on several cognitive tests than individuals who had...
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Computer Music

You can teach your computer poetry and slang, but you haven't finished its education until you've taught it how to listen to music. Artificial intelligence researchers have teamed up with musicians on an unlikely project: a digital conductor of improvised avant-garde...
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Music Helps Us Evolve

Music plays a part in our evolution (as well as climate change!), because learning to play a musical instrument changes the brain in ways that lead to improved learning and understanding of language.

In, Rachael Rettner reports that musicians have larger areas in the parts of the brain that are important for playing a...

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Better to just LISTEN - Most of the time research is important, but sometimes it's not. For instance, to fully enjoy your next trip to the symphony, you may want to listen to the music before you read the notes provided in the program. Research results suggest that reading program notes before hearing music can significantly...

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Music Magic

Teaching stroke victims who have lost the ability to speak to sing again can "rewire" their brains so they can speak again as well. And music isn't just important for the old: Neuroscientists now think that music training should start in kindergarten and go through high school, because music helps shape the sensory system (this is at a time...

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Monkeys are Musical After All

A philosopher once wrote a book in which he asked the question, "What is music?" He described a group of acolytes who had stayed up all night debating and biting their nails over that koan. We know that we're related to primates but as far as scientists can tell, monkeys have no interest in music. They prefer silence.

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The Right Songs to Sing

Things got pretty nasty during the 2008 Presidential campaign, but researchers have discovered a way for everybody to "be nice" during future campaigns and political rallies. It has to do with the music: they shouldn't sing patriotic songs, they should sing children's songs instead.

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Your Brain on Music

By age 9 months, babies can pick out sad music from happy pieces. Maybe we ALL start out with musicians' brains: It turns out that trained musicians really DO think differently than the rest of us?in fact?along with successful baseball players?they use their brains the same way that left-handers do.

Psychologists have found that...

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What is Music?

It's really math - Philosophers have been biting their nails over this question for hundreds of years. Musicians and mathematicians don't seem to have much in common, but scholars have suspected for centuries that the mysterious force that shapes the melodies that catch the ear is nothing other than math?geometry, to be precise...

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Music in the Brain

Musicians have better brains, but what makes them that way?genes or practice and exposure to music? And researchers discovered that when jazz musicians improvise, their brains turn off areas linked to self-censoring and inhibition. Does music soothe the savage beast? A group of musicians is studying music's effect on animals.

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Music in the Brain

There may be a music center in the brain, but even though you have one, it doesn't necessarily mean you can hit a note when you sing. If you can't sing or play the guitar, it may be comforting to know that rock stars tend to die young.

In, Ben Mauk writes that there may be a music center in the brain, although researchers...

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Musicians Have Better Brains

The Mozart Effect is real. This is the realization that listening to classical music?especially Mozart?can increase your brainpower, especially if you do it just before taking a test. Now scientists have uncovered that PLAYING music can make your brain work better.

Playing music sharpens your hearing as well, but this is less of a...

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Secrets of the Strad

Three years ago, we reported that the secret of the famous Stradivarius and Guarneri violins that were produced in Cremona, Italy in the 18th century was basically a result of global warming. These violins are still prized by musicians today, and modern violin-makers have never been able to duplicate their beautiful sound.

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Dead Performances Live Again

Would you like to be able to hear Glenn Gould, the genius pianist who died in 1982? A company has invented a way for us to be able to do just that. The same thing was done many years ago with the creation of piano rolls for player pianos. Artists like Scott Joplin played tunes that were "recorded" on the rolls and can still be listened to today...

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Music Helps Preemies Thrive

Newswise - A music professor has discovered that playing music has apositive effect on the health of premature infants,inspiring them to take more food and grow faster. Preemiesneed to put on weight as quickly as possible, so that theirlungs mature enough for them to be able to breathe on theirown. This is reminiscent of...

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Loud Music Hurts Your Lungs

If you love loud music, watch out: it can cause your lungsto collapse.

Doctors have discovered several cases where fans of loudmusic had their lungs collapse. One man was listening to aloud "boom box" radio while driving his car, when heexperienced breathlessness and chest pain. In the secondcase, a man experienced sudden severe pain in...

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Did Mozart Have Tourette's?

In the film "Amadeus," actor Tom Hulce played Mozart as atwitchy character who was sometimes out of control. Now a TVdocumentary in the U.K. suggests that Mozart had theobsessive compulsive disorder called Tourette's syndrome.

British composer James McConnel, who also has Tourette's,has made a film called "What Made Mozart Tic?"...

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Music Teachers Going Deaf

A new study shows that music teachers are routinely exposed to noise levels that could result in hearing loss. Researcher Hans Kunov says, "The hair cells of the inner ear simply crumble under the load, and they don't grow back again."

According to Canadian law, noise levels on the job should not exceed 90 decibels, which is the...

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