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Music & the Brain
by Karin Tucker

Section 1: Your Brain on Music

1.1   Music and the Brain
        by Norman M. Weinberger

1.2   Everyone Can Gain from Making Music
        by Julia Calderone

1.3   Why Music Moves Us
        by Karen Schrock

1.4   The Healing Power of Music
        by William Forde Thompson & Gottfried Schlaug

Section 2: Music & Math

2.1   Is There a Link Between Music and Math?
        by Nadine Gaab & Jennifer Zuk

2.2   The Beauty of Math
        by Seth Newman

2.3   Math, Music and Imagination
        by Marcus Miller

Section 3: Music & Language Skills

3.1   Speaking in Tones
        by Diana Deutsch

3.2   Music Helps Kids Read
        by Jenni Laidman

3.3   Even a Few Years of Music Training Benefits the Brain    
        by Christie Wilcox
Section 4: Music & Movement

4.1   The Neuroscience of Dance
        by Steven Brown & Lawrence M. Parson

4.2   The Evolution of Dance
        by Thea Singer

Music and the Brain

When you hear a favorite song do you smile involuntarily? Tap your feet? Start humming? Music’s strange power over our emotions and memories has a deep history dating more than 30,000 years ago when early humans were playing instruments made of bone – and we’re still trying to explain its sway over us. Charles Darwin called man’s inclination for music “among the most mysterious with which he is endowed.” In recent years, neuroscientists have shown that music recruits nearly every area of the brain, fostering connections across brain regions. In this eBook, we examine the latest imaging studies and discuss the effects of music on emotion, cognition, sensation and motor function. This includes an examination of the brain’s anatomy when listening to or creating music, of music’s relationship to learning math and language skills and of its role in promoting social connections and treating brain disorders and injuries.

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