How, not just where, the brain reacts to sound
Researchers at Northwestern studied the brainwaves in both musicians and non musicians. This differs from MRI readings because brainwaves are how the brain reacts not where. We can see how accurately and thoroughly the brain reacts, transcripts, or processes sound. I have always believed that music should be studied because it’s good and beautiful, but even I am amazed by these studies.
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at Northwestern University.
Sound as the basis for language and reading
These results indicate huge implications for correctly deciphering sound which is the basis for building language skills and then reading. If I have a poor processing of sound, it will take me longer to repeat that sound back, or in the case of reading, if I don’t have a rich enough transcription of the sound, I will have trouble “hearing” in my head the sound of the word I’m reading.
Further, the researchers are suggesting that musicians are better able to hear emotional intonations and inflections in speech, and thus more correctly interpret the speakers intentions. We might conclude that children or adults with Autism may do well to study music which can train the brain to more accurately interpret sounds.