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MUSIC, BEER, HELP BRAIN FUNCTION? SCIENCE SAYS YES


If math is the universal language, then music rules the galaxy.

Play music and things happen upstairs.

What better place to check it out than a visit to Be Brain Fit.

They show a lot of mental positives with music.

“Like what?” you ask.

The interest in the effects of music on the brain has led to a new branch of research called neuromusicology which explores how the nervous system reacts to music.

And the evidence is in — music activates every known part of the brain.

‘Known part of the brain’ is key here, as if unknown parts still exist?

Apparently, like secrets in the ocean deep, and the far reaches of space, our brains have unknown parts.

Who knew? Livescience.com, for one.

Facts about the human brain

  • The human brain is the largest brain of all vertebrates relative to body size.
  • It weighs about 3.3 lbs. (1.5 kilograms).
  • The average male has a brain volume of 1,274 cubic centimeters (cm3).
  • The average female brain has a volume of 1,131 cm3.
  • The brain makes up about 2 percent of a human’s body weight.
  • The cerebrum makes up 85 percent of the brain’s weight.
  • It contains about 86 billion nerve cells (neurons) — the “gray matter.”
  • It contains billions of nerve fibers (axons and dendrites) — the “white matter.”
  • These neurons are connected by trillions of connections, or synapses.

There’s a place for music in there.

Music And Beer?

How do these two work together when one picks up, the other slows down?

Somehow it all comes together.

What two things do music guys bring to a jam? A six pack and their instrument.

And what to make of a tap house like Tapphoria in Tigard dabbling in live music? They’ve got to start somewhere. More than once I’ve said, “This is a great place to park a guitar player.”

I said it out loud. Now this is going to happen.

Remember the old joke asking directions to Carnegie Hall? How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

Practice. Then practice some more.

More from Be Brain Fit:

If you want evidence of how music affects the brain, it makes sense to look at the brains of those who play a lot of music — professional musicians.

Brain scans show that their brains are different than those of non-musicians.

Musicians have bigger, better connected, more sensitive brains.

So whistle a song, tap your foot, make a better brain.

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