Music makes the brain work


Not long ago, American scientists conducted an experiment, which found that music helps in many ways - for example, in reading and concentration.

The findings, according to the experiment was conducted by Nina Kraus, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University, U.S., highlight the importance of making music. "When school funding limit, the first thing to get out of the program - usually just music lessons. This is a big mistake."

Study involving 20 volunteers began with the fact that the participants in the experiment suggested watch movies of their choice.

While watching volunteers also continuously heard in the background of the word in Mandarin, like "mi". This dialect is very musical, and the meaning depends on the tone in which it is spoken. For example, the word "mi", uttered in an even tone, means "to squint", if the tone is increased, the word takes on a value of "confusing", and at a reduced tone of the word means "rice."

During the experiment, the scientists recorded brain activity levels of the participants. It should be noted that half of the volunteers in the child attended a music school for six years (on average). The other half did not attend music classes. All participants were native English speakers and had never heard of Mandarin.

"Even though all the attention was focused on the film, and the sound of" E "had no meaning for them, those who attended a music school, a much better vocal nuances distinguish the characters," - said a neurologist at Northwestern University Patrick Wong.He emphasized that the observations were made on the most ordinary people who are not professional musicians.

Scientists have found that music is perceived by the same part of the brain responsible for automatic body functions such as breathing and heartbeat. The greatest stimulatory effect provides "live", and improvised music.

"These results show us how deep the level of the music is perceived by man. We think that music stimulates the brain and actually adjusts to the intense work," - said Kraus.

Now scientists is another question - how many years of musical training is required for music therapy has brought tangible results. The researchers believe that music lessons would also help children with low literacy.