Posted by paulinefiddle on Tuesday, January 1, 2013
In a previous life I was a neuroscientist, and now I am a violin / fiddle teacher, so I'm interested in the intersection of those fields. Several years ago, I wrote a blog called "Brains of Violinists" and posted it on violinist.com. I discussed the effect of learning music on the brain. Certain parts of the brain increase in size by adding new neurons when a person learns to play in instrument. To learn more, you can read my blog at http://www.violinist.com/blog/paulinefiddle/200610/5901/
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 @7:21:47 AM
A very nice article and worthy of reading more than once... I always enjoy watching and listening to young people play the fiddle, they do so much more naturally.
Thursday, January 3, 2013 @1:45:06 AM
I think that the interplay between eyes, brain & hands, when reading music is great exersize and can help to ward of aging of the brain.
Thursday, January 3, 2013 @6:52:15 PM
I hope that you're right about warding off aging of the brain. It sounds quite reasonable.
Saturday, January 5, 2013 @1:09:40 AM
Thanks, sophiabrugman. That was fascinating. I especially liked the two talks given by Dr. Kraus, the head of the lab (soc.northwestern.edu/brainvolt...view.html and soc.northwestern.edu/brainvolt...ideo.html). I think that nonscientists could understand and appreciate her talks. I was especially interested in the fact that musicians can process auditory responses to sounds other than music, notably speech, better than non-musicians.
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