Interview with Assal Habibi – music in education

This month Gunnar Bjursell has interviewed Assal Habibi, Assistant Research Professor of Psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute at University of Southern California. Gunnar and Assal discuss the benefits of music in education and the impact it has on child development Full interview with subtitles in English

The Cultural Brain Hypothesis: How culture drives brain expansion, sociality, and life history

Humans have extraordinarily large brains, which tripled in size in the last few million years. Other animals also experienced a significant, though smaller, increase in brain size. These increases are puzzling, because brain tissue is energetically expensive—a smaller brain is easier to maintain in terms of calories. Here we present …

Does the amount of time you spend in school improve your intelligence, or are other factors more important?

This new study between Karolinska Institutet and the Radboud University Medical Center and Vrije University in Holland focused on how months of schooling related to intelligence in 6567 children (aged 9-11), taking into account factors such as socioeconomic status (SES) and cognitive ability. Notably, two years of schooling had a larger …

Why Should I Learn Music? It Can Be Good for Your Brain!

Research shows that playing music also contributes to our overall health and wellbeing and helps our thinking and planning skills. In this popular science article, we will first talk about how various parts of the brain are engaged to make music playing possible. We will also discuss benefits of music …

Danish study on music and sleep: here are the best songs to fall asleep to

The sounds we use to drift off "display a large variation including music characterised by high energy and tempo," say researchers at a Danish university. Researchers from Aarhus University analysed over 200,000 songs on Spotify from nearly a thousand playlists associated with helping users to get to sleep. Alongside the expected types …

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