Studying to Stravinsky: The benefits of listening to classical music during midterm season

In the midst of the dreary midterm season, concentrating on studying for long periods at a time can be a challenge for any McGill student. The advent of technology makes a plethora of hacks to circumvent distraction available to students at the mere click of a mouse, from time management solutions, such as the Pomodoro Technique, […]

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How music benefits children

Popular ideas, such as the “Mozart effect” – the idea that listening to classical music improves intelligence – has encouraged the belief that “music makes you smarter”. This interest in the relationship between musical aptitude on ability and intelligence has been around for some time. But despite these beliefs being pretty widespread, there is still […]

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Music exercises the brain

While my wife Janis and I have known each other for several years, several months after our spouses passed away and we began to see each other, I soon came to realize what a brilliant person she truly is. And I say that not just because she was smart enough to marry me, ha. Granted, […]

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Musicians have faster reaction times

A study, published in the journal Brain and Cognition, finds that trained musicians have faster reaction times than their non-musical peers. The study was conducted at the Université de Montréal’s School of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Led by Simon Landry, the research formed part of his doctoral thesis in biomedical science. His area of […]

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