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2014-08-12 04:49:51

Rayshell Clapper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many studies show the benefits of music, including creative inspiration, stress relief, and intellectual abilities. Studies on the latter have mostly focused on students in affluent areas, but a new study, led by Dr. Nina Kraus, a neurobiologist at Northwestern University, shows definitive evidence that music education – learning to play a musical instrument or to sing – just might help disadvantaged children strengthen their...

2013-10-30 10:11:17

Poor neural processing of sound linked to lower maternal education Groundbreaking research nearly two decades ago linking a mother's educational background to her children's literacy and cognitive abilities stands out among decades of social science studies demonstrating the adverse effects of poverty. Now new research conducted at Northwestern University has taken that finding in a neuroscientific direction: linking poor processing of auditory information in the adolescent brain to a...

Rhythm Linked With Language In Brain
2013-09-18 11:24:07

[ Watch the Video: Rhythm And Reading Go Hand In Hand ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at Northwestern University have found that people who can keep a beat are more responsive to speech neurologically than those with less rhythm, according to a report published in this week’s Journal of Neuroscience. Study author Nina Kraus, a professor at Northwestern University and head of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, pointed out that previous research...

2013-02-20 10:30:59

Ability to consistently encode sound undergirds the reading process Though learning to read proceeds smoothly for most children, as many as one in 10 is estimated to suffer from dyslexia, a constellation of impairments unrelated to intelligence, hearing or vision that make learning to read a struggle. Now, Northwestern University researchers report they have found a biological mechanism that appears to play an important role in the reading process. "We discovered a systematic...

Music Training In Childhood Improves The Brain
2012-08-23 07:42:42

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 1697, William Congreve wrote, "Music has charms to sooth a savage Beast." According to a new study from Northwestern University, music has charms to improve the brain as well. The impact of music is a hot topic in research circles, and researchers have found that a little musical training in childhood goes a long way in improving how the brain functions in adulthood, especially in areas of listening and processing sound. The...

2012-04-30 19:57:33

Dual language speakers better able to encode basic language sounds and patterns A Northwestern University study that will be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) provides the first biological evidence that bilinguals' rich experience with language in essence "fine-tunes" their auditory nervous system and helps them juggle linguistic input in ways that enhance attention and working memory. Northwestern bilingualism expert Viorica Marian teamed up with...

2012-01-30 14:16:47

Aging-related hearing loss is not set in stone, study finds Age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training, according to a new study from Northwestern University. The study is the first to provide biological evidence that lifelong musical experience has an impact on the aging process. Measuring the automatic brain responses of younger and older musicians and non-musicians to speech sounds, researchers in the Auditory...

2011-10-17 10:28:46

Auditory working memory and attention, for example the ability to hear and then remember instructions while completing a task, are a necessary part of musical ability. But musical ability is also related to verbal memory and literacy in childhood. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Behavioral and Brain Functions shows how auditory working memory and musical aptitude are intrinsically related to reading ability, and provides a biological basis for this link....


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