"You have two brains: a left and a right. Modern brain scientists now know that your left brain is your verbal and rational brain; it thinks serially and reduces its thoughts to numbers, letters and words… Your right brain is your nonverbal and intuitive brain; it thinks in patterns, or pictures, composed of ‘whole things,’ and does not comprehend reductions, either numbers, letters, or words."
From The Fabric of Mind, by the eminent scientist and neurosurgeon, Richard Bergland. Viking Penguin, Inc., New York 1985. p.1
Some kind of stimulus to the brain starts the learning process.
The stimulus is sorted and processed at several levels.
Results in formation of memory.
Either doing something we already know how to do - or we are doing something new.
Stimulation is doing something new - lighting up the brain scan.
Once a task is learned, the brain lights up less.
Music and the Brain Auditory , Kinesthetic , Visual What parts of the brain are involved with making music?
The Five Senses How do we come to know the world? Howard Hughes Medical Center http://www.hhmi.org/senses/ Seeing, Hearing, and Smelling the World "Everything we know about the world comes to us through our senses. Traditionally, we were thought to have just five of them— sight , hearing , touch , smell , and taste .”
Audition (Hearing) in Music Resource: http://www1.mydr.com.au/default.asp?article=3361
"Music goes much deeper than that—below the outer layers of the auditory and visual cortex to the limbic system, which controls our emotions. The emotions generated there produce a number of well-known physiological responses. Sadness, for instance, automatically causes pulse to slow, blood pressure to rise, a drop in the skin's conductivity and a rise in temperature. Fear increases heart rate; happiness makes you breathe faster.”
From Music and the Brain: Processing and Responding: http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/neuro/neuro99/web1/Sancar.html
Information is transferred to long-term memory through the hippocampus
Hypocampus integrates sensory information along with amygdala
Hypocampus – long term memory
Amygdala – affective responses
Brain Stem – emotional reflex reactions
Thalamus – the “you”
The Brain from Top to Bottom http://www.thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/index_d.html
Memory The Brain from Top to Bottom Stimulus Sensory Organs Sensory Memory Millisecond to Second Short-Term Working Memory Less than a minute Long-Term Memory Days, Months, Years Perception Attention Forgetting Repetition
Long Term Memory Long Term Memory Implicit Explicit Emotional Conditioning Procedural Skills Episodic Autobiographical Events Semantic Words, Ideas Concepts Declarative Non-Declarative Priming Conditioned Reflex Unconscious Association