At the limit of hearing
The French otolaryngologist Alfred Tomatis was the first to systematically investigate the influence of high frequency sounds on the human psyche. According to his theory, a baby, swimming in an…

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Music therapy
I have a rare profession for our country - a music therapist. I was convinced that the creators of great melodies are powerful healers who can help a person no…

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Daniel Levitin - neuroscientist and musician
Daniel Levitin worked with Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison and Santana and knows a lot about music, except for one thing - where does it come from. In the early morning,…

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traumatic brain

On the relevance of the use of music in teaching children to read, write and math

From ancient times to the present day, musical art has undoubtedly been recognized by philosophers, musicians, and teachers as an indispensable means of developing the spiritual world of man. No art can compare with music by the power of emotional impact.

In ancient Greece, musical art was given the leading role in education. The great Aristotle emphasized not only the pedagogical, but also the therapeutic value of music, believing that music through catharsis removes heavy mental experiences.

Pythagoras believed that music, as a manifestation of cosmic harmony, can create in man the same internal order and harmony as in space. It is known that music also has a therapeutic effect on the human body. Hippocrates also used in his medical practice the influence of music on the sick. Continue reading

Musical hallucinations

Music in itself sounding in the head. Is that familiar?

Probably this happens with everyone, which is already there. Some “Praskovya girl” will get attached, spin, spin, and stop. Another thing is when a melody begins to sound continuously and is perceived as if it comes from outside. This is a disaster.

“A song playing from time to time in your head is normal. Another thing is musical hallucinations, they become a serious problem. People cannot sleep, they cannot think,” says British psychiatrist Victor Aziz, who, along with a colleague Nick Warner recently returned the attention of scientists to the psychopathological problem of “music in the brain.”

What are these hallucinations, and what is it like to live with them – we explain with an example. Continue reading

Daniel Levitin – neuroscientist and musician

Daniel Levitin worked with Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison and Santana and knows a lot about music, except for one thing – where does it come from.

In the early morning, students slowly fill out one of the classrooms at New York University, where a lecture on music perception will take place. Two girls came first – one with black painted nails, the other in hooligan vintage high-heeled boots.

Behind them is a young man with turquoise hair. It is easy to imagine how they would react to Professor Daniel Levitin, a 40-year-old lecturer, with a mobile phone on his wrist dressed in black jeans and a tie with a crazy pattern – what is it, the fiber of wood? Or bacteria unrealistically magnified by a microscope?

Levitin’s lecture, based on his new book, “This is Your Brain on Music,” begins with a tortured metaphor: something about lakes, boats, and a cork popping out of a bottle. So the neuroscientist is trying to explain to students the amazing sensitivity of the eardrum – “just a pair of skin flaps tightly stretched over the bone and oscillating back and forth.” Continue reading

MIDI keyboard
We all know synthesizers, which are “electronic pianos” with many special effects and functions. The whole charm of the synthesizer lies in the fact that it can autonomously act as…

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Why Mozart?
But why exactly Mozart? Why not Bach, not Beethoven, not the Beatles? Mozart did not create the stunning effects that Bach's mathematical genius was capable of. His music does not…

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Musical hallucinations
Music in itself sounding in the head. Is that familiar? Probably this happens with everyone, which is already there. Some "Praskovya girl" will get attached, spin, spin, and stop. Another…

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Enhancing cathartic experiences with music
Just one look at a person who has in his memory a difficult experience, actualized in the present, in order to determine the presence of this experience. Usually, a person…

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