If you can't, don't fret - five minutes ago I wouldn't have been able to give you an answer either. Funny thing is, I was taking a break from doing work when I came across this on Twitter:
Obviously intrigued, I clicked on the link and was brought to the following page:
|The Beatles' Surprising Contribution to Brain Science|
As I read this story (filed appropriately under News in Science), I came to several realizations:
- Social media is the main (if not sole) reason why people procrastinate as much as they do.
- Said social media has the power to influence anybody, anywhere, at any time.
- It's amazing how fast you can learn something new.
- The Beatles' music is so influential that it surpasses any and every socially constructed standard.
- Ignoring your mother will get you far in life! (I should note that this is meant to be a joke, for those of you who are taking me too seriously - I love my mother, and only sometimes ignore her!)
- Most importantly, that hearing new music activates motor areas - that's right, not areas involved in hearing, but motor areas!
Before dwelling on this last point a little more, I'd like to write a quick recap on what exactly these researchers did. Josef Rauschecker and graduate student Brannon Green from Georgetown University devised an experiment in which participants listened to atonal music (generated by a computer) while in the scanner. Participants first heard a single musical phrase made up of several notes, after which they heard the same phrase of notes but this time, with a new phrase added on at the end. This pattern continued until the entire musical sequence was played in full. You can imagine, then, that at the end of the sequence, the first musical phrase would have been played many times over while the last phrase of the sequence would have only been played once. The purpose of the study? To see precisely what was happening as the brain learned a new musical sequence, of course!