Research on Brainwave Patterns in Harmonizing Musicians

Research on Brainwave Patterns in Harmonizing Musicians

This is a fascinating study for music lovers. Scientists reporting in the journal BMC Neuroscience have found that when musicians harmonize, they actually have similar brain patterns. The researchers looked at electrical activity in the brains of eight pairs of guitarists as they played. The scientists discovered brainwave similarities within and between the musicians’ brains increased as they listened to the beat of a metronome as they prepared to play and also when they actually began playing together.

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Music Can Affect Breathing and Blood Flow Rates

Music Can Affect Breathing and Blood Flow Rates

A small study in the journal Circulation, of 24 young and healthy adults, 24- to 26-years-old, found that listening to music can change breathing and blood flow rates. It suggests that music therapy might benefit heart patients. The participants in the study listened to selections of classical music and opera while doctors monitored their blood pressure, heart rates, and breathing rates. Results show that music rising in volume narrowed blood vessels, increased blood pressure, heart rate, and the length of each breath. During silent periods, the heart rate dropped indicating relaxation.

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Music’s Influence on Sex in Teens

Music’s Influence on Sex in Teens

It is a disturbing report in more ways than one. In an article in the journal Pediatrics, teens who regularly listen to songs that deal with graphic sexual images are more likely to have sex within two years than those who don’t. According to the researchers, the major problem appears to be the fact that women are often portrayed as sex objects…objects without a personality or value. Men are also presented as aggressive conquerors out there to have sex. Although many of the teens in the study were able to recognize the fact these stereotypes are not good, it appeared to have little effect on the onset of sexual activity. Those who argue with the study say other factors like self-image and parental communication can play a valuable role. But it is clear that music does tend to have a role in how we view health and the way we’re dealing with things.

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Music May Help Premature Babies

Music May Help Premature Babies

Playing music for premature babies may lessen their pain and improve their feeding habits according to researchers in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood. It’s a Canadian study. They analyzed nine other studies on music for babies and found there was evidence that babies had less pain during needle sticks or circumcision when they listened to music during the procedure. There is also some evidence that music could improve babies’ oral feeding. However, the authors say the studies are mostly preliminary and they need to be confirmed through further research. We like these studies on music because what they show is that you can actually be affected by your environment and things like music can make a big difference.

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