BRINGING NEUROSCIENCE INTO OUR HOMES AND BACKYARDS

Greg Gage is a neuroscientist who is dedicated to bringing neuroscience into our homes and backyards.  He wants to get kids as young as in the Fifth grade to learn neuroscience in the classrooms.  So, he created a project called Backyard Brains that is dedicated to getting young people to see the world around them differently.  It is an organization that teaches kids and amateurs neuroscience through hands-on experiments.  In the fascination video below, he demonstrates how he teaches the kids. Continue reading

It's Just My Imagination

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

Context Matters... When the Brain Is Interpreting Sound

  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

A Different View of Sleep

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

The Power of Music

  So much has been learned recently about how music can affect our bodies and minds.  Not only does golden oldie music that we used to love help us to bring back memories, but there are even more wonderfully positive effects from listening to music. Continue reading

Benefits of Playing Music

  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

The Glorious Healing Aspects of Music

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

Music and the Brain

  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!

Beauty in Everyday Sounds

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!

The Incredible Effects of Music!

We all love music and how it makes us feel.  Did you know that in addition to affecting our moods and emotions, music can also change our perceptions? Continue reading