Medical research

Brass, woodwind instruments emit respiratory particles, study finds

Just like coughing, sneezing, talking and singing, playing wind instruments—particularly those in the brass section—can spread respiratory particles that may carry the COVID-19 virus, according to a Colorado State University ...

Neuroscience

Speech or song? Identifying how the brain perceives music

Most neuroscientists who study music have something in common: they play a musical instrument, in many cases from a young age. Their drive to understand how the brain perceives and is shaped by music springs from a deep love ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Simple safety measures reduce musical COVID-19 transmission

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe in 2020, musicians around the world were desperate for the answers to two pressing questions: Can playing musical instruments transmit COVID-19? And if so, what can be done? 

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 ...

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