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Sleep consolidates musical learning

Title of paper under discussion The influence of sleep on auditory learning: a behavioral study Authors Nadine Gaab, Miriam Paetzold, Markus Becker, Matthew P. Walker and Gottfried Schlaug Journal Neuroreport, 2004; vol 15 no4 pp 731-4 Link to paper (free access) Overview Improvement due to practising a skill is known to continue – without further practice – following …

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Expert violinists have learnt to ‘freeze’ certain actions

Title of paper under discussion Learning to Play the Violin: Motor Control by Freezing, Not Freeing Degrees of Freedom Authors Jürgen Konczak, Heidi van der Velden, Lukas Jaeger Journal Journal of Motor Behavior, 2009, Vol. 41, No. 3, pp243–252 Link to paper (free access) Overview Do beginner violinists start with restricted movement in all aspects …

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Mozart, but not Brahms, helps the brain solve puzzles

Title of paper under discussion The influence of Mozart’s music on brain activity in the process of learning Authors Norbert Jaušovec, Ksenija Jaušovec and Ivan Gerlič Journal Clinical Neurophysiology, Dec 2006: Volume 117, Issue 12, pp 2703-14 Link to paper (free access) Overview Listening to Mozart improves your ability to solve mental rotation puzzles, or …

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