Posts tagged brain
Posts tagged brain
MUSIC’S EFFECT ON LEARNING
We love this great infographic that tells you how music affects learning! Some of the visuals provide surprising information like how it’s much better to study to music without repetition as three or four rhythm repetitions may cause the mind to shut down.
Of course, the image above is just a taste. See the whole image here: Music’s Effect On Learning
We’ve heard many tales over the years from Wrimos who tap into realms of intuition and imagination as they write during NaNoWriMo. It turns out that there might be an actual change in our brains as we write with reckless abandon. Charles Limb, a doctor and musician who studies how creativity works in the brain suggests that turning off your “inner editor” opens up a flow of expression. Read on!
Tell us what you discovered when you studied the brain activity of improvisational jazz musicians?
Charles Limb: In our study, musicians played a tune they had memorized and then a tune they invented on the spot, and we observed their brain activity using brain-imaging techniques. With the shift to improvisation, a region of the brain associated with careful planning and self-censorship called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex became dormant, while parts of the brain connected to the senses—hearing, seeing, feeling—became especially lively.
Most interesting, a brain area linked to autobiographical storytelling also showed increased activity. When jazz musicians improvise, their brains turn off areas linked to self-censoring and inhibition—and turn on those that let self-expression flow. Essentially, a musician shuts down his inhibitions and lets his inner voice shine through.
I guess the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is what we unscientifically call “the inner editor.”
Limb: That’s not such a bad phrase. The real key is that it’s not just a single cluster of neurons that is that editor, but a whole region.
Do you think your findings about improvisational jazz could apply to improvising in writing as well?
Oh… I wanna see the Figure 2.. =D
Here it is =)
Ohh thanks petitessedespassions
=D really interesting