William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Wednesday, 27, April, 2011


Filed under: Medicine,Poetry,Science,Teaching — williamthecoroner @ 22:09

Just returned from the AΩΑ dinner, which was to honour the graduating medical students who had achieved honours in three or more of their core clerkships.  There were about twenty-one honourees.  The speaker was a neurosurgeon whose research on the effects of music on animal learning, particularly rodent spatial learning.  If you make rats listen to Mozart, they do better than control rats in the Morris Water Task.  His studies have shown increase in activity and increased dopamine in the hippocampi of rats exposed to music.

This effect seems to generalize to music and human learning.  If one sets material that one wishes to learn to music, one does better.  Of course, this information is not new.  The poets of ancient Greece and the Celtic lands sung their stores, just look at the Odyssey and the Story of Beowulf.  Rhythm and meter help the human brain organize information; it is interesting to see how it works on the cellular level.

1 Comment »

  1. Don’t forget Sesame Street.

    Comment by Anne Bonney — Friday, 29, April, 2011 @ 11:19 | Reply

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