“Music is food for our brain”
Gary A. Scott, author, entrepreneur and investment publisher, shares a better way of learning through music from Tom Jacobs’ study: Mozart helps you focus . There are many things to do to stay productive and to continue learning even after your career days end. Music helps us in many ways as explained in this article.
Learning can help our brain remain active and fully functional. Music can help us learn. An interesting article entitled Study: Mozart helps you focus by Tom Jacobs shows the power of music.
Here is an excerpt: Score another one for Wolfgang Amadeus. Researchers report the soothing sounds of a Mozart minuet boosts the ability of children and seniors to focus on a task and ignore extraneous information.
Dissonant music has the opposite effect, according to Nobuo Masataka of Japan’s Kyoto University and Leonard Perlovsky of Harvard University. Their findings help make the case that music, sometimes thought of as a pleasant byproduct of evolution, has in fact played an active role in human development.
In the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers describe an experimentfeaturing 25 boys (ages eight and nine), and 25 seniors (ages 65 to 75). All completed a modified version of the well-known Stroop task, in which a word spelling out a color is presented in a different color (such as “red” written with green letters). As a series of such words flashed across a computer screen, participants were asked to name, as quickly as possible, the color of the letters themselves, ignoring the color they spelled out.
Participants performed the test three times: Once while a simple Mozart minuet played in the background, once while listening to a modified version of the piece featuring many “dissonant intervals,” and once in silence.
The results were consistent for the seniors and youngsters. Compared to working in silence, their reaction times were significantly quicker, and their error rates were lower, when the original Mozart piece was played. In contrast, when the dissonant music was playing, reaction times were significantly slower, and error rates significantly higher.
To Masataka and Perlovsky, this suggests consonant music—that is, music that has a pleasing sense of stability and completeness—may have “an important cognitive function: help overcoming cognitive interference.”
Does balanced music make us smarter? Happier? More fulfilled? Maybe or maybe not, but it does help us learn better and many neuroscientists agree: try something different. Pick up a new trade. Learn to play a musical instrument or learn a new language. This is good for the brain cells.
Music can help us learn. (Gary Scott)