Monday Round Up: Science-y Music Videos Edition

Happy Monday! We've got all the best music and health news from around the web right here for you to start your week!

11 Health Benefits of Music

From Huffington Post, check out this great slide show of the health benefits of music! From reducing stress to improving heart health, there's some fascinating stuff in that list.

MRI Scan Music Video

From CBS News, we found this really cool music video made up of MRI images. While not shot live while the participants were singing, it's a pretty neat combination of art and science.

Vocal Cords While Singing

If you're squeamish, don't click the link above!

Ever wonder how your vocal cords work? Here's quite the peek at them. I didn't embed this one, because it's not for the squeamish. This video shows a camera being inserted into the wind pipe of 4 singers as they sing together in harmony. Strangely beautiful and amazing. However, it is a camera being inserted down somebody's throat, so if you're grossed out by those things, you may want to take a pass.

Hearing Music as Beautiful Is a Learned Trait

From The Atlantic, an interesting study that tested the ability of trained musicians versus the general public to judge the dissonance of tones. The trained musicians were more sensitive to these dissonant and unfamiliar chords. From this they decided that trained musicians may be better able to appreciate music.

I'm a bit skeptical on this one. Music is made up of multiple elements, including harmony, rhythm, timbre, dynamics, and more. This study has reduced "music" to only one of these elements: harmony. While this was necessary in order to control the variables in the experiment, I find it to be too much of an oversimplification of music. But hey, it's interesting.

The Effect of Group Music Therapy on Mood, Speech, and Singing on Individuals with Parkinson's Disease

Finally, from the Fall 2012 edition of the Journal of Music Therapy comes this study about group music therapy techniques on individuals with Parkinson's Disease. Parkinson's often causes complications with speech, and this study found that participating in a group singing experience improved singing (duh) and voice quality (cool!). Additionally, group members did not display a decline in vocal quality that might be expected from an individual with Parkinson's Disease across a similar time period, though more research is needed to make such a conclusion.

Andrew Littlefield MM, MT-BC

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