I had my DNA analyzed by 23AndMe and in addition to getting some somewhat innocuous reports on my genetic makeup (including the revelation that there is about .5% match each with Askenazi and African groups somewhere in my ancestry, plus some Neanderthal genes) my data has been anonymously included in nine published articles/studies so far, including:
- 23and Me blog article on Depression and genes: https://blog.23andme.com/23andme-research/new-genetic-findings-on-depression/ The original (abstract of) the article on genes associated with depression: http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v48/n9/full/ng.3623.html
- On genes related to risks of basal cell carcinoma: https://blog.23andme.com/23andme-research/new-study-on-genetics-of-common-type-of-skin-cancer/ Original article in Nature Communications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4992160/
- AND OTHERS which can be found at 23AndMe Blog – Research category
Live long and Prosper!
Contrary to what had been thought for many years, psychology as a science has within the last few years done research into nostalgia, and has found that it can be positive in its results.
It has been so good, in fact, that the University of Southampton in the UK has created a Nostalgia Center.
And to do research, they’ve created a Nostalgia scale for measurement.
some other overlapping research involves music and nostalgia
At UC Davis, they study how music and nostalgia interact.
It’s all good.
This is just a reference to an article and its abstract, nothing more, nothing less.
Multidimensional measurement of exposure to music in childhood: Beyond the musician/non-musician dichotomy
Hugo Cogo-Moreira, Alexandra Lamont
Much research in music psychology characterizes the music background of its participants in a dichotomous manner, labeling participants as “musicians” and “non-musicians” or professionals and non-professionals. However, this terminology is inconsistent from study to study, and even more sophisticated measures fail to accurately represent music experiences; moreover, there is no standardized measure suitable for use with younger participants. This article presents a new measure, the Exposure to Music in Childhood Inventory, for capturing the amount and type of exposure to music activities suitable for use with children. Children from public and private school, aged 5 to 13 years old (N = 1006; M = 8.36 years old, SD = 1.5 years) completed the inventory, and through a combination of exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis a two-factor solution was obtained. The first factor includes personal music listening activities, home musical environment and the influence of television and the internet; the second reflects more social, active and public elements of music-making, playing an instrument and performing. This scale is suitable for use in a wide range of future research to more accurately assess the kinds of music activities children have access to in a dimensional way, which can have a bearing on their understanding of music.
Link to full article: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2630954
(I know how to embed a link inside text – just chose not to do it that way this time, thanks for the advice, folks). Here’s a couple of quotes from the article:
Music is fundamental to the human species in ways that reach beyond entertainment or pastime. In Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks noted that music can “calm us, animate us, comfort us, thrill us, or serve to organize and synchronize us at work or play, [but] it may be especially powerful and have great therapeutic potential for patients with a variety of neurological conditions.”
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Processing music is one of the most cognitively demanding tasks our brains undertake, and creating and performing music is even more complex. We are just beginning to understand what neural processes underlie the effects of active music making, and a better appreciation of these processes would likely enhance understanding of brain responses to other stimuli and tasks. There is already compelling evidence that in children, music training assists development of language skills, auditory processing, and educational achievement compared with untrained peers,2– 4 and anecdotally, many top professionals across different disciplines have musical training in their background.
The article describes the beginning of this initiative and why it is important – it will be interesting to follow this topic in the future.
Here’s the reference list from the article. More good info there.
Hallam S. The power of music: its impact on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people. Int J Music Educ
. 2010;28(3):269-289. doi:10.1177/0255761410370658Article
Moreno S, Bialystok E, Barac R, et al. Short-term music training enhances verbal intelligence and executive function. Psychol Sci
Bailey JA, Zatorre RJ, Penhune VB. Early musical training is linked to gray matter structure in the ventral premotor cortex and auditory-motor rhythm synchronization performance. J Cogn Neurosci
Norman-Haignere S, Kanwisher NG, McDermott JH. Distinct cortical pathways for music and speech revealed by hypothesis-free voxel decomposition. Neuron
Limb CJ, Braun AR. Neural substrates of spontaneous musical performance: an FMRI study of jazz improvisation. PLoS One
Salimpoor VN, Benovoy M, Larcher K, Dagher A, Zatorre RJ. Anatomically distinct dopamine release during anticipation and experience of peak emotion to music. Nat Neurosci
Found an interesting site out in Califrnia, an educatioanl institution naturally, with several thought provoking titles availble for reading – originally got to the site by a link to the paper on the positive effects of music therapy .
http://digitalcommons.csumb.edu/caps_thes_all/ is a cresaative commons digital archive for the California State University, Monterey Bay.:
There is an account registration, but it is not needed to download all of the files. Some of the Capstone projects and theses that I found interesting were:
PDF And The Beat Goes on: The Story of the Drum Machine, Ismael Medina
PDF Engineers Throughout Jazz History, Alex Declet
PDF Sound Synthesis: Methods and Techniques, Christopher E. Hilker
PDF The Benefits of Music in Child Development, Dulce-Paola Ixtupe
PDF The Positive Effect Music Therapy Has on People, Rita Oby Ebo
PDF Accommodating Students Different Learning Styles with the Use of Technology, Jaime Prieto
PDF Comparing the Cost of Preamplifiers to Their Sonic Fidelity and Frequency Output, Jackson O. Hunter
PDF Self-Expression Through Dance in Early Elementary School, Emily Blythe
PDF The Benefits of Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning in Elementary Schools, Elizabeth F. Valentino
PDF The Benefits of Outdoor Education Curriculum for Elementary School Students with Nature Deficit Disorder, Madison L. Allen
PDF Incorporating Music and Arts to Enhancing the Learning Experience of Elementary School Students, Ashley Fernandez
PDF Making the Garden a Viable Part of Curriculum, Laura Forbes
PDF Variety for Vocalists, Jonathan Morgadinho
Dancing keeps brain’s white matter together The alternative is that as you get older, the white matter in your brain gets thinner, and there goes a lot of your higher functions.
Dancing can keep you young at Heart? At any rate, it can’t hurt. Unless you’re dancing on the edge of a razor, perhaps.
Just trying to clear up some space in my outbox.
Same thing we do every night, Pinkie – SING!!!
Okay, if you caught the reference to Pinkie and the Brain, you probably already like to do stuff that stimulates the neurons with witty references to arcane bits of history, pop culture, and the like. So you won’t be terribly disappointed if I caper about with just a few links to reports on and research on how singing benefits the brain and the lives of those who sing.
How singing makes you happy (summary article and its sources below:
Can Music provoke involuntary body responses? Now I’ve heard everything – using music to provoke salivation!
One of the best things about music for PD people is that it helps to get you moving. Here’s a playlist of some favorite rhythms and melodies from YouTube for your own music therapy – self prescribed and self administered.
My YouTube playlist for Parkinson’s People
“Smarter living” is what the New York Times calls it. How music makes employees more productive.
In biological terms, melodious sounds help encourage the release of dopamine in the reward area of the brain, as would eating a delicacy, looking at something appealing or smelling a pleasant aroma, said Dr. Amit Sood, a physician of integrative medicine with the Mayo Clinic.
Since Parkinson’s is related to the death of dopamine releasing cells, it stands to reason that producing dopamine would exercise the neurons that are left, perhaps delay the progression, slow it down perhaps. Obviously this would be a good thing for folks to research.
the article goes on to discuss some workplace research:
Teresa Lesiuk, an assistant professor in the music therapy program at the University of Miami. Dr. Lesiuk’s research focuses on how music affects workplace performance. In one study involving information technology specialists, she found that those who listened to music completed their tasks more quickly and came up with better ideas than those who didn’t, because the music improved their mood.
Perhaps. I always used instrumental music at work to keep the right brain occupied while the left brain worked on logic and math aspects of the job. Verbal interruptions, or vocal music, did not seem to be as helpful as straight instrumental music. It’s a theory, of sorts.
True story: Once, while listening to a piece of music on the local public radio station during their request hour, I got a hankering to call them up and request Death and Transfiguration by Richard Strauss. The DJ seemed a little irritated by my request. It was what I was listening to that very moment, I was informed. I was a bit amused. I had just turned on the radio a little while ago and hadn’t heard the introduction to the recording. I guessed that my brain was trying to tell me something, but I didn’t quite get the message.
Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
This article was published about 6 years ago, but it bears repeating. And it is a fertile field of study as the sidebar links attest.
Science Daily News from February 2011
I haven’t posted much, between playing and listening to music, exercise and not getting around to reading the articles my bots send to my email. So shoot me, I’m only a piano player, sometimes.