Culture and Education

This category focuses on the important influence that culture has on education, featuring current research


Latest publications on research and education

Fine motor control improves in older adults after one year of piano lessons: Analysis of individual development and its coupling with cognition and brain structure. Worschech F, James CE, Jünemann K, Sinke C, Krüger THC, Scholz DS, Kliegel M, Marie D, Altenmüller E. Eur J Neurosci. 2023 May 4. doi: 10.1111/ejn.16031. Online ahead of print. PMID: 37143214

Perceptions of intelligence & sentience shape children’s interactions with robot reading companions.
Caruana N, Moffat R, Miguel-Blanco A, Cross ES. Sci Rep. 2023 May 5;13(1):7341. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-32104-7. PMID: 37147422 Free PMC article.

A dual-process model for cognitive training.
Ericson J, Klingberg T. NPJ Sci Learn. 2023 May 6;8(1):12. doi: 10.1038/s41539-023-00161-2. PMID: 37149680 Free PMC article.

Rhythm in the premature neonate brain: Very early processing of auditory beat and meter.
Edalati M, Wallois F, Safaie J, Ghostine G, Kongolo G, Trainor LJ, Moghimi S. J Neurosci. 2023 Mar 13:JN-RM-1100-22. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1100-22.2023. Online ahead of print. PMID: 36914264

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How Our Brains Process Music

Researchers unlocked how the brain processes melodies, creating a detailed map of auditory cortex activity. Their study reveals that the brain engages in dual tasks when hearing music: tracking pitch with neurons used for speech and predicting future notes with music-specific neurons. This breakthrough clarifies the longstanding mystery of melody perception, …

Dr. Immordino-Yang video interview: How Emotions & Social Factors Impact Learning

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD is Professor of education, psychology and neuroscience at the University of Southern California and director of the Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning and Education, who has done groundbreaking research on emotions, self-awareness and social interactions and how these impact the way we learn and change …

Every Brain Needs Music, The Neuroscience of Making and Listening to Music

In a new book entitled Every Brain Needs Music: The Neuroscience of Making and Listening to Music, Prof. Larry Sherman explores why we all need music for our mental well-being and how it can even help us later in life. Sherman is a professor of neuroscience at Oregon Health & …

Arts, Culture & the Brain: A literature review and new epidemiological analyses

An investigation into the impact of creativity and culture on the brain commissioned by the Arts Council in the U.K. What did the report find? The report offers extensive evidence that Engaging in creativity and culture is linked to positive wellbeing, feeling connected, and motivation in people across a range of …

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 …

Fredrik Ullén awarded the KI Culture Prize 2022

Congratulations to Fredrik Ullén who was awarded the KI Culture Prize during KI Culture Day 19th October. Motivation for the prize Fredrik Ullén is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet, and also a concert pianist. His major research interests are …

Review article: music perception, action, emotion and learning all rest on our fundamental capacity for prediction

Music is ubiquitous across human cultures - as a source of affective and pleasurable experience, moving us both physically and emotionally - and learning to play music shapes both brain structure and brain function. Music processing in the brain - namely, the perception of melody, harmony and rhythm - has …

New study about the individual differences in ordinary aesthetic experience

Aesthetic experience seems both regular and idiosyncratic. On one hand, there are powerful regularities in what we tend to find attractive versus unattractive (e.g., beaches versus mud puddles). On the other hand, our tastes also vary dramatically from person to person: what one of us finds beautiful, another might find …

Non musicians wanted for a pilot study about piano training

Fredrik Ulléns group are looking for non musicians to help develop a method to study skill development with the help of piano training. Please note that this study is entirely in Swedish   Mer information om denna studie på Svenska (pdf)

Welcome to the ‘Music and Personality’ experiment, conducted by Prof. Glenn Schellenberg with colleagues at the University of Lisbon!

Find out more about your personality and musical talent! Welcome to the 'Music and Personality' experiment! The aim of this study is to explore how musical abilities are associated with personality, nonmusical abilities, formal music training, and informal musical activities (e.g., listening, attending concerts). The experiment takes around 45 minutes …

Interview with Assal Habibi – education promotes neurological changes in the brain

Assal Habibi discusses her research into how music education promotes neurological changes in the brain. The interview is conducted at the Edinburgh Culture Summit 2020.