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The Benefits of Playing Music Help Your Brain More Than Any Other Activity -

Brain training is big business. Companies like BrainHQ, Lumosity, and Cogmed are part of a multimillion-dollar business that is expected to surpass $3 billion by 2020. But does what they offer actually benefit your brain? Researchers don't believe so. In fact, the University of Illinois determined that there's little or no evidence that these games improve anything more than the specific tasks being trained. Lumosity's maker was even fined $2 million for false claims. So, if these brain games don't work, then what will keep your brain sharp? The answer? Music.

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Got rhythm? Got reading...

In the future, a nurse could determine whether a baby is likely to develop a reading disorder simply by attaching a few electrodes to its scalp and watching its brain waves respond to human speech. Such is the scenario suggested by a new study, which finds a potential biological indicator of how well preschool children perceive rhythm, an ability linked to language development.

Recent research by scientists in NorthWestern University in the United States suggests a link between language skills development and the ability to keep a beat.

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Source: The National Academy of Sciences, USA - October 2014

How Music May Make Babies Team Players?

Moving with a partner to the musical beat may make people more cooperative — even babies as young as 14 months.

Researchers worked with 48 toddlers, each held by an assistant and gently bounced for about two minutes to the rhythm of the Beatles’ version of “Twist and Shout.” They faced an experimenter who bounced in the same rhythm or off the beat.

Then the scientists tested whether the babies would help out when an experimenter “accidentally” dropped an object, or tried to pick up an object just out of hand’s reach. The study was published online in Developmental Science.

After controlling for other behaviors, such as smiling or approaching the experimenter, they found that babies who were bounced in a synchronous rhythm were slightly but significantly more likely to help than those who were bounced off beat. Although the effect was moderate, the authors say, it was still impressive given the quite short duration of the interaction.

“We tend to think that music is a frill that doesn’t matter,” said the lead author, Laurel J. Trainor, a professor of psychology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. “But in fact, these social binds that we form early in development affect everything that happens later, including our ability to learn and how we view others and ourselves.”

Source: New York Times - June 30th, 2014

The End Of Traditional Lullabies? - RTE's Mooney Show visits Gymboree at Celbridge to investigate

A recent survey which polled over 2,000 parents revealed that only 15% sang traditional nursery rhymes to their children at bedtime.

Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue visited the Gymboree play and music centre in Celbridge, Co Kildare, to get the opinions of staff and parents there....

Brenda in Celbridge

Top Modern Pop and Rock for tots:

1. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
2. Someone Like You - Adele
3. Umbrella - Rihanna
4. Angels - Robbie Williams
5. Diamonds - Rihanna
6. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns n Roses
7. Wonderwall - Oasis
8. I Knew You Were Trouble - Taylor Swift
9. Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
10. It's All About You - McFly

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