Music and the Brain
©Arlene R. Taylor PhD
I encourage people to learn all they can about brain function and to apply the knowledge they gain on a daily basis. Because it is often easier to start from something than from nothing, I have prepared these practical application summaries related to the brain and music.
My goal is to stimulate thinking and observation, trigger increased awareness at an individual level, jumpstart applications for every day living, and provide options for behaviors. Although I have relied heavily on brain function research, a plethora of studies, and discussions with brain researchers and other experts, the summaries represent my own brain’s opinion.
Typically, conclusions from research projects and studies are presented in the form of generalizations that apply to nearly 70% of the population (to the first standard deviation on either side of the mean). There are always exceptions based on individuality. If some of your personal characteristics or typical behaviors don’t match a specific generalization, it doesn’t invalidate the research findings. It does exemplify individual uniqueness.