Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study documents trends in marching band members' workload strain

Marching band members in leadership roles are more likely to feel discomfort in the neck and upper back than their less experienced bandmates, who in turn are more susceptible to left-hand pain and cognitive strain, a new ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Why you should learn a musical instrument

Whether it's rocking out on a drum kit or joining a choir, everyone can benefit from learning music. But the benefits of learning music at any age are not necessarily what first comes to mind, says Dr. Paul Evans from UNSW ...

Neuroscience

How playing the drums changes the brain

People who play drums regularly for years differ from unmusical people in their brain structure and function. The results of a study by researchers from Bochum suggest that they have fewer, but thicker fibres in the main ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Give me a break: The importance of taking time out

Just imagine if sleep-ins could make you smarter or a day at the beach was as productive as a study day. Sounds like an alternate reality, right? But in fact science is finding that it might be key to getting the most out ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Training beyond exhaustion can prevent learning

Researchers have found that muscle fatigue caused by overexertion when practicing a skill can affect the task in hand and impair learning afterwards.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Can learning music deter dementia?

Ryan Sutcliffe loves to play the guitar, and writes and performs his own songs. Now, the doctoral psychology researcher has a dream project combining his musical and academic interests in a study to test whether music lessons ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

How to stop nagging your child to practise their musical instrument

It's 4pm on a Thursday, and your child is on the couch with the iPad. You need to leave for the weekly music lesson in half an hour. You can see dust has gathered on the piano (or the flute or the saxophone), and another ...

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