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This Is Your Brain on Music. byDaniel J. Levitin. Publication date For print- disabled users. Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files. This is your brain on music: the science of a human obsession / Daniel J. Levitin. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. MSR ISBN What can music teach us about the brain? What can the brain teach us about music? And what can both teach us about ourselves?.

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What can the brain teach us about music? And what can both teach us about ourselves? In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music - its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it - and the human brain. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, Levitin reveals: How composers produce some of the most pleasurable effects of listening to music by exploiting the way our brains make sense of the world Why we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre That practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertise How those insidious little jingles called earworms get stuck in our head Taking on prominent thinkers who argue that music is nothing more than an evolutionary accident, Levitin poses that music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language.

In one study, non-musicians were assigned to perform a 5-finger exercise on the piano for two hours a day. Within five days, subjects showed evidence of re-wiring. The size of the area associated with finger movements had become larger and more active Pascual-Leone So it's reasonable to think that the brain grows in response to music training.

Are these brain differences linked with differences in intelligence? Maybe so.

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Correlational studies have reported a number of advantages for musically-trained children, ranging from better verbal and mathematical skills to higher scores on tests of working memory, cognitive flexibility, and IQ Fujioka et al ; Schellenberg ; Patel and Iverson ; Hanna-Pladdy and Mackay But correlations don't prove causation, and there is reason to doubt that music training is responsible for these advantages.

Maybe parents with greater cognitive ability are more likely to enroll their kids in music lessons. Or maybe kids with higher ability are more likely to seek out and stick with music lessons because they find music training more rewarding Schellenberg Either way, this could explain the correlation between music training and cognitive outcomes.

So the crucial question is this: How can we rule out the idea that the link between music and intelligence is entirely determined by prior ability?

What's needed are controlled experiments, randomly assigning kids with no prior music training to receive lessons. Several studies have pursued this approach, and the results have been mixed. Does music training cause improvements in non-musical intellectual ability? Mixed evidence One study randomly assigned 4-year-olds to receive either weekly keyboard lessons or a control condition for months.

The kids who received music training performed better on a test of spatial skills Rauscher et al However, the kids who received music lessons showed significantly more improvement than the other groups did Schellenberg More recently, researchers reported that 8-year-old children showed enhanced reading and pitch discrimination abilities in speech after 6 months of musical training.

Kids in a control group who took painting lessons instead experienced no such improvements Moreno et al Other experimental interventions have bolstered the idea that music training boosts a student's ability to encode speech.

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For example, you can simultaneously read Epub books and PDF journals by placing them on the device screen in split-screen mode two windows. Finally, little is known about the individual differences in the brain responses to BB stimulation. A recent attempt in this direction was made by Goodin and colleagues [ 15 ] who investigated EEG spectral power in thirty three participants exposed to BB in either theta 7 Hz or beta 16 Hz frequency for a period of 2 minute and measured the personality traits by standard Big Five Factor model; no significant relationships were found between BB-related EEG responses and Big Five personality traits.

Instead of looking for personality dependent differences, a more pragmatic and useful approach would be to investigate training related differences. In this context, musicians are an important group to study as the musician's brain is a robust model of neuroplasticity [ 16 , 17 ], and long-term musical training leads to 'auditory fitness', i. The current study was designed to address these issues by recording electrical brain responses as measured by high-density EEG signals obtained from healthy human adults, both musicians and non-musicians, when stimulated by a range of BBs from low frequency delta band to high frequency gamma band.

We analysed the EEG signals in terms of neuronal oscillatory activity as measured by spectral power, and phase synchronization as measured by mean phase coherence [ 19 ] and phase lag index [ 20 ].

Further, we also characterized the underlying network pattern by measures based on graph theory approach [ 21 ]. In this study, we strategically focused our analysis on the neuronal oscillations in the alpha and gamma frequency bands of EEG signals for the following reasons. Firstly, large scale brain oscillations in the alpha band 8—12 Hz are the most studied and understood brain rhythm [ 22 ] and have been found ubiquitously in most cortical and subcortical areas [ 23 ].

Further, when humans are visually stimulated by flickering stimuli, steady state oscillations in the alpha band and its higher harmonics exhibited most resonant effect [ 24 ].

So it would be important to investigate whether alpha oscillations show similar resonance effect in auditory domain. This is in clear alignment with the growing interest on the importance of studying alpha rhythms in audition see for a review, [ 25 ].

Furthermore, alpha oscillations are crucially associated with the perception of various types of illusions, i. As alpha oscillations reflect the degree of excitability of sensory cortices, we expected that it would be associated with the perception of the binaural beat, an auditory illusion.

Second, there has been increasing evidence that the degree of neuronal synchronization in the gamma band 30 Hz and above is significantly larger in trained musicians as compared to non-musicians during music related task processing [ 29 — 31 ]. Further, enhanced neuronal synchronization in the gamma band has also been observed in other expert groups like long-term meditators [ 32 ], proficient bilinguals [ 33 ], professional artists [ 34 ].

Considering the widespread role of gamma band in providing a general framework for cortical computation [ 35 ] and its possible modulation with neuroplasticity, we expected that the gamma band synchrony would be differentially involved between the musicians and non-musicians during the perception of illusory binaural beat. Therefore, we had two specific predictions: i across both groups, EEG alpha band power would be largest when stimulated by BBs belonging to alpha band, and ii as compared to non-musicians, musicians would produce a larger network response against binaural beat in the gamma band.

Materials and Methods Participants Sixteen musicians 6 males, age All but one non-musician were right-handed. No participants reported any auditory deficits or neurological disorders.


Our musicians reported an average of They practiced their principal instrument an average of All participants were kept blind to the real purposes of the experiment.

They gave their written informed consent before the start of the experiment. The experimental protocol was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, and the experiment was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Stimuli Auditory stimuli were presented in 34 blocks of 2 min and 20 s each.

Each block consisted of a silent period of 20 s followed by two auditory conditions of 1 min each: the non-binaural beat NB and the binaural beat BB. This selection was made after recent studies on BB stimulation using fb between — Hz [ 7 , 11 , 36 ]. For the NB condition, both ears received auditory pure tones of Hz across all blocks. Auditory stimuli were presented through a Philips in-ear headphone with rubber caps that reduced external noise, ensured a precise fit, and decreased effective surface for bone conduction [ 38 , 39 ].

The volume of the auditory stimuli was self-adjusted a priori by each participant and was kept at constant level throughout the experiment. During the entire period of auditory stimulation, participants watched a silent movie with subtitles on and were also asked to ignore the background auditory stimuli.

These altogether ensure that any effect elicited by BBs would be largely implicit, i. At the end of the experiment, participants rated on a 5-point scale their responses concerning the pleasantness of the background sounds, the interestingness of the movie, and their overall alertness, and finally completed a self-report questionnaire regarding personal details including musical expertise.