Illustrations of various musical instruments
Daniel Levitin, professor of neuroscience at McGill University, describes the way that learning a musical instrument alters and strengthens key areas of the brain.
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  • 22 min.
Your selections: The Arts and the Brain
For neuroscientist Bill Pearce, big scientific conferences are opportunities to network, discuss new research, and even make some music.
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  • 4 min
People with dementia can still recognize their favorite tunes, even when they remember little else leading researchers to investigate the potential of music therapy for Alzheimer’s disease.
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Pat Metheny discusses music’s impact on the brain; the process of creativity in music, art, and science; and the role of music in healing.
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  • 100 min
This video shows how the right-and-left-brained belief came to be and why it is a myth.
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  • 4 min
Kenneth Elpus, assistant professor of music education at the University of Maryland, discusses his experience as a music teacher and the fragmentation of art education in public schools.
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  • 22 min
Daniel Levitin, professor of neuroscience at McGill University, describes the way that learning a musical instrument alters and strengthens key areas of the brain.
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  • 22 min
Nina Kraus, professor at Northwestern University, discusses how our brains process sound, and how making music can help offset language deficiencies.
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  • 25 min
Ping Ho, founder and director of UCLArts and Healing, describes how art education is a matter of public health.
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Teaching young people how to play music and create art can have lasting benefits for the brain.
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Abstract paintings test your brain in a unique way.
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  • 29 min
Trauma silences its victims, but art can help those suffering from the psychological wounds of war begin to open up and heal.
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  • 10 min
Help your students create videos about the brain and nervous system.
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3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.