engagement with musical sounds not only enhances neuroplasticity, but
also enables the nervous system to provide the stable scaffolding of
meaningful patterns so important to learning, researchers say.
ScienceDaily (July 20, 2010)
— Those ubiquitous wires connecting listeners to you-name-the-sounds
from invisible MP3 players -- whether of Bach, Miles Davis or, more
likely today, Lady Gaga -- only hint at music's effect on the soul
throughout the ages.
Now a data-driven review by Northwestern University researchers that will be published July 20 in Nature Reviews Neuroscience
pulls together converging research from the scientific literature
linking musical training to learning that spills over to skills
including language, speech, memory, attention and even vocal emotion.
The science covered comes from labs all over the world, from scientists
of varying scientific philosophies, using a wide range of research