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Musicians spot mistakes more quickly and more accurately than non-musicians - Science - News - The Independent
“New research has shown that individuals who play an instrument are more capable at identifying errors and correcting mistakes, and that these benefits apply to amateur musicians as well as professionals.
The study, led by Dr Ines Jentzsch for the University of St Andrews, tested the cognitive abilities of musicians and non-musicians, with the research concluding that learning an instrument could “slow or even prevent” the mental decline associated with aging.
The research, published in the journal Neuropsychologia, draws particular attention to the skills learnt in musical performance. When playing pieces to an audience or to themselves musicians must demonstrate heightened awareness of their actions: continually monitoring their playing through auditory feedback and rapidly adjusting their movements to anticipate possible mistakes.
The psychological and mental benefits of learning to play an instrument have been shown in previous studies, with research highlighting musicians’ improved reaction times and their increased capacity to “inhibit task irrelevant information” (aka, to stay focused).
“[The results] suggest that higher levels of musical training might result in more efficient information processing in general (indicated by faster overall speed across tasks without accuracy tradeoff), and confirms earlier reports indicating a positive link between mental speed and musical ability,” says Dr Jentzsch.
The research is notable in that unlike previous studies it focuses on amateur rather than professional musicians, showing that even “moderate levels of musical activity” were beneficial to cognitive performance.
The study also drew attention to the diminishing support for children to learn to play in schools, noting that “in times of economic hardship, funds for music education are often amongst the first to be cut.”
“This is particularly worrying given both anecdotal and limited research evidence suggesting that music can have strong positive effects on our physical as well as psychological functioning.”

Musicians spot mistakes more quickly and more accurately than non-musicians - Science - News - The Independent

“New research has shown that individuals who play an instrument are more capable at identifying errors and correcting mistakes, and that these benefits apply to amateur musicians as well as professionals.

The study, led by Dr Ines Jentzsch for the University of St Andrews, tested the cognitive abilities of musicians and non-musicians, with the research concluding that learning an instrument could “slow or even prevent” the mental decline associated with aging.

The research, published in the journal Neuropsychologia, draws particular attention to the skills learnt in musical performance. When playing pieces to an audience or to themselves musicians must demonstrate heightened awareness of their actions: continually monitoring their playing through auditory feedback and rapidly adjusting their movements to anticipate possible mistakes.

The psychological and mental benefits of learning to play an instrument have been shown in previous studies, with research highlighting musicians’ improved reaction times and their increased capacity to “inhibit task irrelevant information” (aka, to stay focused).

“[The results] suggest that higher levels of musical training might result in more efficient information processing in general (indicated by faster overall speed across tasks without accuracy tradeoff), and confirms earlier reports indicating a positive link between mental speed and musical ability,” says Dr Jentzsch.

The research is notable in that unlike previous studies it focuses on amateur rather than professional musicians, showing that even “moderate levels of musical activity” were beneficial to cognitive performance.

The study also drew attention to the diminishing support for children to learn to play in schools, noting that “in times of economic hardship, funds for music education are often amongst the first to be cut.”

“This is particularly worrying given both anecdotal and limited research evidence suggesting that music can have strong positive effects on our physical as well as psychological functioning.”

How to Gird Up Your Loins (now you know what it means)

How to Gird Up Your Loins (now you know what it means)

The thing that really sticks out with me,” Dr. Arsenault said, “is that in the culture wars, the rhetoric is acerbic on both sides. On the humanist side, there’s this tendency to view people of faith as not rational. And David is clearly rational. He’s just looked at the same evidence as me and come to a different conclusion.

Full score for Enigma Theatre’s production of Bernard Shaw’s PYGMALION.
(Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames, 29 Oct - 1 Nov 2014)

Composed by Stephen Willis

Musicians:
Flute - Emily Sulka, Dawn Schram
Clarinet - Heather Ackroyd, Zoe Beaney
French Horn - Adrienne Killey, Steve Luzader
Trumpet - David Baldridge, William Baldridge, Steve Luzader
Violin - Ian Jett, Damien Jones, Allyn Lambert, Isabella Mija Reyes
Viola - Ida Andersson, Damien Jones
Cello - Lore Burns, Noah Littlejohn
Piano - Stephen Willis

Tracks:
01 Pygmalion: Overture (Covent Garden) - 00:00
02 Bucknam Pellis - 01:32
03 Eliza’s Lessons - 02:59
04 Not Bloody Likely - 05:23
05 The Embassy Ball - 05:42
06 What An Evening - 09:33
07 Heartless Guttersnipe - 10:52
08 Galatea! - 12:49

Publicity photos used feature actors Melisa Ramadan, John Elnaugh & Christopher Peacock

Photography by Martyn Willis

(via Holy Relics: The Hymnal, Part 1)
 “The Church’s songs have always been vehicles for its doctrine. Few might be willing to read labyrinthine treatises on theology, but singing is as near a human constant as is imaginable. As song unites space and time, it also knits the heart and mind of the Church together into an interwoven whole. It’s both heat and light. It makes diamonds out of people.”

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The Church’s songs have always been vehicles for its doctrine. Few might be willing to read labyrinthine treatises on theology, but singing is as near a human constant as is imaginable. As song unites space and time, it also knits the heart and mind of the Church together into an interwoven whole. It’s both heat and light. It makes diamonds out of people.”

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“Just remember, music isn’t just orchestras and pop stars and special people with albums and downloads and concerts, it’s you. Because the music of the spheres is all around you. When you’re on your own, just close your eyes, and you’ll hear it. Music. Inside your head. ‘Cause everyone’s a musician. Everyone’s got a song inside them. Every single one of you.”
Tenth Doctor Music of the Spheres (27 July 2008)

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Just remember, music isn’t just orchestras and pop stars and special people with albums and downloads and concerts, it’s you. Because the music of the spheres is all around you. When you’re on your own, just close your eyes, and you’ll hear it. Music. Inside your head. ‘Cause everyone’s a musician. Everyone’s got a song inside them. Every single one of you.”

Tenth Doctor
Music of the Spheres (27 July 2008)

The Twitterized Bible, when verses are taken out of context. Are you guilty? Click here: Five Bible Verses You Need to Stop Misusing

The Twitterized Bible, when verses are taken out of context. Are you guilty?

Click here: Five Bible Verses You Need to Stop Misusing

Is this what they call spiritual dance? :)

Is this what they call spiritual dance? :)

Mark Keathley’s Dance of Grace

"We played the flute for you, and you did not dance"

Luke 7:32

Spirituality of Dance

gospelaccordingtodoctorwho:

Little Groot dancing

YES, WE ARE GROOT!

You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy. Ps 30:11 NLT

Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Ps 150:40 NLT