8 days til launch! Why I podcast: brain development

8 days til launch! Why I podcast: brain development

** This post is part of a 10 day til Launch countdown exploring why I created the Sing Along with Mandy Podcast! You can read the rest here: 10987654321, LAUNCH! **

Left brain – logic, math, analytical. Right brain – imagination, rhythm, arts

Music: both

Left Brain vs. Right Brain: What’s the Difference?
Image from “Left Brain vs. Right Brain: What Does This Mean for Me?” https://www.healthline.com/health/left-brain-vs-right-brain#left-brainright-brain-theory

Before starting this podcast I knew that music was a powerful tool for brain development. I didn’t realize the extent of the research being conducting today, especially in light of brain health.

Music is amazing for babies:

A new study presented at the 25th annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society on Tuesday found that lullabies not only comfort both mama and baby, but they can also benefit an infant’s cognitive development. Particularly, these songs can increase a little one’s attention and displays of positive emotion toward their mamas.

“Infant brains must be able to track auditory events in a predictive manner to make sense of music,” says study author Laura Cirelli, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. “Music is a tool that we can use to bring people together, and this starts in infancy.”


Singing, especially group singing, is amazing for adults:

In one study, singers were found to have lower levels of cortisol, indicating lower stress.  A very preliminary investigation suggesting that our heart rates may sync up during group singing could also explain why singing together sometimes feels like a guided group meditation.  Study after study has found that singing relieves anxiety and contributes to quality of life. 

Stacy Horn, “Singing Changes Your Brain” http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/16/singing-changes-your-brain/

Reason #8 why I podcast: because singing together is good for everyone’s brains!

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