Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Effects of Music on the Brain

How does learning to play a musical instrument change the brain? Can music be instrumental in helping people recovering from strokes? These are just two questions being answered by researchers at McGill university and the Montreal Neurological Institute. Neurologist Robert Zatorre (BRAMS – International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research) and his PhD Student Melanie Segado worked with Prof. Marcelo Wanderley and his student Avrum Hollinger in creating a cello that could be played in an MRI scanner to see how the brain changes as a result of playing a musical instrument.

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