The Daily Blog 9.3.09

by Kimberly on September 3, 2009 · 1 comment

The Daily Blog

I occasionally publish a post called “The Daily Blog.” These posts includes links to articles and videos that came out recently that I feel might interest you. Today’s smorgasbord includes:

Neural Pathway Missing in Tone-Deaf People

We all know people who just cannot sing in tune. Who knows – maybe you’re one of them! And it turns out that may not be your fault. Scientists think they found the brain connection that is missing in tone-deaf people.

Taking Up An Instrument Could Improve Your Communication Skills

More specifically, trained musicians are better able to understand speech in a noisy environment. That’s the theory the study supports.

Joyful Music May Promote Heart Health

Bottom line: Researchers found that listening to music YOU like (that’s the key – music you like) that makes you feel happy causes your blood vessels to dilate (e.g. expand). Dilated blood vessels allows blood to flow more easily through your system, which is good for your cardiovascular health. Alternatively, they also found that listening to music you don’t like causes your blood vessels to constrict.

And finally…World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale

If you haven’t yet seen this, you should. A simple, yet powerful, example of how our brains are hard-wired to understand (and make!) music. Thank you, Bobby McFerrin.

If you are interested in downloading pdfs of the articles, I post them on my company site. Click here for your downloads.

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