Discuss: What is the Connection between Music + the Brain?

“The connections between brain research and music have been ongoing for the past two decades, but there are actually a lot of different areas within the research, and it is easy to confuse them.”

Core Questions

  1. Do you observe changes in yourself, or your behavior, after playing music?
  2. How would you design an activity with littleBits to show how music is applicable to other disciplines / STEAM?

How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain

From Ted Ed: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins

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Hi @vanessa, I find this topic really interesting!

Answering the questions:

  1. I definitely observe changes in myself after playing music, specially when playing music in a group. There are sometimes when you play with others and when you finish playing you feel OK, but there are other times when you finish playing and you feel amazing, and I think that this happens when you truly connect to each other. It’s hard to describe that feeling because it’s magical. It’s like if you could get a complete understanding of something, and in the path you get to know each other in a way that’s totally different from other communication channels.

  2. Based on this question, I’ve just created a topic to discuss a way to present music, in particular sound synthesis, by relating it to other disciplines to make the concepts more fun and accessible.

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  1. I usually do find a difference when I listen to music and podcasts.
  2. Maybe when I plug the music in the microphone a toy car will move. Here is a link to my project.
    http://littlebits.cc/projects/the-car-that-will-move-when-you-turn-on-the-radio
    P.S. My music teacher show me this video
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