Friday, November 9, 2007


Brain ‘closes eyes’ to hear music

‘Our brains can turn down our ability to see to help them listen even harder to music and complex sounds, say experts.

A US study of 20 non-musicians and 20 musical conductors found both groups diverted brain activity away from visual areas during listening tasks.

Scans showed activity fell in these areas as it rose in auditory ones.

But during harder tasks the changes were less marked for conductors than for non-musicians, researchers told a Society for Neuroscience conference.’

I have been trying to explain to people how noises can make it hard to see for a few weeks now. 🙂 Hooray for science.

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