Tag: "musical" at biology news
Neurosciences and music meet in Montreal
...y of music and intellectual abilities in children, musical
abilities in behavioural disorders and genetic syndromes, music perception in cochlear implant patients, dystonias in musicians, the effectiveness of music as a means to reduce the perception of pain, and music rehabilitation. The event is mostly tar...
Learning a second language -- Is it all in your head?
...one. In a behavioral study, Wongs group found that musical
training started at an early age contributed to mo...ign-language learning. The study participants with musical
experience also were found to be better at identifying pitch patterns before training. In a neurophy...
Art and music for the birds
...e arts at Rutgers UniversityCamden, is testing the musical
tastes of our fine feathered friends with an exhibition featuring four 10-foot red perches offering what are considered to be the best in classical, rock, country, and jazz for local birds. Demarays concept of art for the birds hatched from a conve...
Scientists ponder plant life on extrasolar Earthlike planets
...ate on something more basic and essential than the musical
expertise of Droopy McCool. They are speculating on what kind of photosynthesis might occur on such planets and what the extrasolar plants might look like. Paint it black It could be the plants are black, says Robert Blankenship, Ph....
Pendulum love, science class gender gaps, musical mind mirrors, and unparticle physics
...lectrical signals on the surface of the brain. The musical
compositions were analyzed based on the melody, ha...patterns of electrical signals in the brain and of musical
compositions. In addition, the team determined a complexity index for the compositions and brain f...
University of Colorado invention may allow thirsty crops to signal farmers
...ect of the invention to a scene in the 1986 comedy musical
film, "Little Shop of Horrors," when a giant carnivorous plant tells humans to "feed me." "This technology allows plants to say, 'water me,' " he said. High eastern plains water-use has led to lawsuits against Colorado for violations of intersta...
Magnetic field uses sound waves to ignite sun's ring of fire
... Yellowstone National Park and being surrounded by musical
geysers that pop up at random, sending out shrill sound waves and hot water shooting high into the air. "This work finds the missing piece of the puzzle that has fascinated many generations of solar astronomers," said Alexei Pevtsov, program scient...
Essential tones of music rooted in human speech
... speech spectra, they found that the ratios formed musical
relationships. For example, the relationship of th... vowel /a/, as in "bod," might correspond with the musical
interval between C and A on a piano keyboard. "In about 70 percent of the speech sounds, these ra...
Dinosaur hearing, listening to muscle noise, quieter cubicles
...ce hands-on demonstrations of acoustics, including musical
instruments and a "ping-pong cannon" that creates ...nd, say a cat's meow, to another sound, such as a musical
instrument. Kelly Fitz of Starkey Hearing Research Center in Berkeley, Calif. ( kelly_fitz@starkey....
UCLA molecular biologists convert protein sequences into classical music
...ch was a fabulous way to introduce young people to musical
instruments and classical music." In the music, individual amino acids are expressed as chords, and similar amino acids are paired. For example, the amino acids tyrosine and phenylalanine are both assigned a G major chord, but they can be distingui...
The sound of proteins
...hers have found a way to present human proteins as musical
notes. Rie Takahashi and Jeffrey H. Miller from ...ences and protein folding, and hence closer to the musical
depth of popular compositions. They are currently piloting a computer program, written by a collabor...
Laser goes tubing for faster body-fluid tests
...chemicals that overlap and mix in fluid, much like musical
instruments in an orchestra. But Raman spectroscopy comes with a problem. Raman signal is notoriously weak. Using it to test biofluids, with their lighter chemical concentrations than in many fluids, is not a natural choice. Berger and Qi injected f...
Mitochondrial genes move to the nucleus -- but it's not for the sex
...ill recombine. It would be like breaking up a good musical
duo." Mitochondrial and nuclear genomes replicate separately, and a new and beneficial mutation in the mitochondrion could be separated from partner genes in the nucleus -- in the production of eggs or pollen, via meiosis. But the mating system de...
Music genes and musical geniuses
...cation, to the study of children to understand the musical
mind. Why do infant prodigies exist? Why havent we all become one? Are there any types of music that are objectively better suited to be more appreciated than others? And especially what is the purpose of music? These and other questions will be addr...
The musician in the mirror
... researchers taught nine subjects with no previous musical
training to play a five-note, 24-second song on a keyboard. Then they ran functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans while the subjects listened to the song they had just learned, a different song using the same five notes, and a third song m...
'The Strangest Song' -- The story of the link between a rare genetic disorder and musical talent
...ry of Gloria's outstanding vocal talent and innate musical
gifts, Lenhoff becomes convinced that people with her disorder have an unusual capacity for learning music, despite their profound mental disabilities. Lenhoff is at first rebuffed, called crazy, and finally vindicated when scientistsand his own form...
USC groups present at Neuroscience 2006
...sonatas by Mozart and four other composers for the musical
versions of "T-patterns": highly unlikely, repeating combinations of specific notes separated by a constant time interval. In addition to Mozart, the composers were Alexander Scriabin, known for his manic-depressive tendencies; Robert Schumann, al...
Shared ancestor to humans, present-day non-human primates may be linchpin in evolution of language
...nkeys, and assorted non-biological sounds, such as musical
instruments and computer-synthesized sounds, which matched the vocalizations in frequency, rate, scale, and duration. For each monkey, 16 scans were recorded for each sound type and compared. Although the coo of a monkey is acoustically very differ...
Music thought to enhance intelligence, mental health and immune system
...ance memory is explored and research suggests that musical
recitation enhances the coding of information by activating neural networks in a more united and thus more optimal fashion. Other studies in this volume look at music's positive effects on health and immunity, how music is processed in the brain, th...
Lost in thought: Brain research
...ked to think about themselves and how the image or musical
selection made them feel. In the second, "sensory-motor" task, they performed quick recognition exercises such as identifying pieces that included a trumpet's sound. The scientists were particularly interested in certain regions in the prefrontal co...