The phrase, "It's just my imagination running away with me," coming from the Temptations in 1971 in their hit song, "It's Just My Imagination," tells more truth than fiction. Research from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden that was led by Professor Henrik Ehrsson indicates that one's imagination is strong enough to change one's real-world perception. He says that "what we imagine hearing or seeing 'in our heads' can change our actual perception. " Continue reading
Wonder why a loud car horn sound may not bother you while you're indoors, but yet, that same loud horn sound may send chills up your spine when you hear it while driving or being outdoors? Well, researchers believe they are getting closer to the answer. Continue reading
Did you realize that we generally spend one third (1/3) of our lives sleeping? Do you sometimes think that sleeping is a waste of time... a chore... the enemy that keeps you from getting things in your life done? Neuroscience is just beginning to uncover the many advantages and the value of sleep. Here are a few: Continue reading
We have learned how listening to music does so many wonderful things for us. That is because music touches so many parts of our brains. Many studies have concluded that the pleasure center of our brains, or the mesocorticolimbic system in the brain, lights up when we hear pleasurable music. Continue reading
When I'm sad or feeling low in energy, I've found that the fastest way to pick myself up is to play some of my favorite music. For me, it is Chicago's "Make Me Smile," or Blood Sweat and Tears' "You've Made Me so Very Happy," but for others, it may be Mozart, or Johnny Cash, or even a favorite Broadway musical. The key is to listen to the music that one loves and music that brings one back to special memories. Continue reading
Daniel Levitan, Director of the McGill University Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition, and Expertise, discusses some of the recent cutting-edge findings about music and the brain. Watch!
Does the humming of your refrigerator get to you? It is MUSIC! Everything around us is filled with musical expression. Singer and song-writer, Meklit Hadero, teaches us that all sounds, even silence, make MUSIC.. Watch!