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Music & The Brain


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Music & The Brain

  1. 1. Music & The Brain<br />
  2. 2. The Purpose of This?<br />I am here to educate the students on how greatly music affects peoples’ lives, a little more in depth than just listening to it to be happy.<br />
  3. 3. Personal Relevance<br />Simply, everyone listens to music. One can’t go a day without coming in contact with music<br />This topic is important to me because music is a very special thing in my life<br />It helps me get through hard times<br />
  4. 4. Tony Cicoria<br />42 years of age<br />Orthopedic Surgeon<br />Very little musical experience<br />Struck by lightning<br />Musical intervention occurs<br />
  5. 5. Salimah M.<br />Chemist<br />Early 40’s<br />“Periods” lasting a minute or two<br />Large tumor in her right temporal lobe<br />Surgery may cause ‘personality changes’<br />
  6. 6. Woman remains nameless<br />Intractable temporal lobe seizures with right temporal lobe focus<br />Brought under control by the drug LTG<br />Before the drugs, she was never really into music<br />Often found it annoying, and did her best to separate herself from it<br />
  7. 7. A Little Extra Something<br />Albert Einstein, regarded as one of the smartest men to ever live<br />Was bought a Violin at a young age<br />Improvising on his Violin helped him with his equations<br />Einstein himself says Violin is why he was so smart<br />
  8. 8. Body Responses to Music<br />Can be easily detected in the body<br />Music from the Baroque period is found to slow heart rate and decrease blood pressure, enhancing the ability to learn<br />It also affects the amplitude & frequency of brain waves, as measured by an electro-encephalogram<br />Electrical resistance of the skin becomes greater, and pupils can dilate<br />
  9. 9. Music on Memory & Learning<br />60 BPM music activate the left and right hemispheres of the brain<br />The brain is most efficient when both halves are being used<br />When they are both being used, according to The Center for New Discoveries in Learning, potential to learn increases a minimum of 5 times<br />
  10. 10. George Lozanov<br />Bulgarian Psychologist<br />Designed a special way to teach a foreign language<br />Used slow (60 BPM) Baroque period music<br />Taught up to ½ vocab&phrases in 1 day<br />92% retention rate<br />Learned with 85-100% efficiency using Baroque music<br />
  11. 11. Test Taking<br />3 groups of people took identical tests<br />Group 1 was read the words with music and was asked to imagine the words<br />Group 2 had the same music, but wasn’t asked to imagine the words<br />Group 3 had no music, and wasn’t asked to imagine the words<br />
  12. 12. Test Taking Cont’d<br />The same test was taken a week later, and group 1 did much better than groups 2&3<br />Music doesn’t absolutely allow one to recall but can improve it<br />Information is recalled with the music that was being played when the information was being given<br />
  13. 13. King George I of England<br />Problems with memory loss and stress management<br />George observed that King Saul from the bible had similar problems, and solved them with special music<br />So, King George asked George Frederick Handel to write him special music, which was called “Water Music”<br />
  14. 14. Same & Different<br />Brain works by looking at difference pieces repetition<br />Done in Baroque/Classical music by repeating a theme no more than once<br />Any more, the mind goes into a sub-conscience state or anger<br />“The human mind shuts down after three or four repetitions of a rhythm, or a melody, or a harmonic progression.”- Dr. Ballam<br />
  15. 15. Muscle Strength and Music<br />All muscles go weak when subjected to the “stopped anapestic beat” of hard rock<br />“Switching of the brain.”- Dr. Diamond <br />Actual symmetry between both of the cerebral hemispheres is destroyed, causing all sorts of problems, such as a weaker work performance, learning and behavior problems in children<br />