Singing can help repair brain damage


Sunday, 21 February 2010


Words and music, such natural partners that it seems obvious they go together. Now science is confirming that those abilities are linked in the brain, a finding that might even lead to betterstroke treatments.

Studies have found overlap in the brain's processing of language and instrumental music, and new research suggests that intensive musical therapy may help improve speech in stroke patients, researchers said Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Snip:  The Music Instinct, By Philip Ball

Listening to music is a more interactive and complex mental activity than many of us realise

Reviewed by Doug Johnstone

Sunday, 21 February 2010

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"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." That statement, which is most often attributed to Elvis Costello, is quoted in this bright, complex and occasionally profound book, and it highlights just what a tricky task the science writer Philip Ball has set himself. Because here, he's trying to examine what music is, how it works and why it exists. It might seem strange to ask the seemingly basic question of what music is, given the ubiquity of it in the world (no human culture has developed without some form of musical expression), yet it is incredibly difficult to define what we mean by music.

Joseph Truss
Team Syntegrity International AG/ Metaphorum / Abbey North Drummers

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