Cognition

Music Training Changes How the Brain Integrates Sight & Sound

Evidence has accumulated during the last couple of decades that musical training shapes the brain in many ways. For instance, since playing a musical instrument requires accurate sound processing and control of movement, musicians’ brains appear to devote more resources to sound processing and motor functions and the integration of the two. Playing music from notes also requires a close interplay between visual and auditory processing. Therefore, might musical training also enhance the brain’s ability for audiovisual integration, the combining of sound and sight?

Can Music Make Your Child Grow Up Smart?

Music is an easy way to enrich the home environment, and many parents seem to intuitively think that music listening is beneficial for cognitive development. However, links between music listening and enhanced overall cognition have not been convincingly demonstrated. In this article, we review research into the cognitive benefits of music on early childhood development.

What we talk about when we talk about music as medicine

The Sync Project’s mission is to develop music as medicine. We are building a data platform that maps music characteristics to real time, objective measurements of physiology from a rapidly growing variety of sensors and devices. The platform will enable discovery and validation of music signatures that are effective for health.  In this post co-founders Marko Ahtisaari and Ketki Karanam survey some of the recent research on music and health that lead us to start the Sync Project.