June 27, 2002
Music - the food of brain cells?

Didn't we know it:
How music is the food of brain cells -- "Musicians have larger and more sensitive brains than their non-musical audiences, researchers have found. Medical scans found that instrumentalists and singers have 130 per cent more grey matter in a particular part of their brains compared with those who are unable to play a note. The study by scientists in Germany may go towards explaining why talented young musicians such as Vanessa Mae and composers such as Beethoven and Mozart often have a high IQ compared to their peers."

Quite a lot of the people I know through Mensa {Link: .no, .org} either have a fine taste in music and/or have been musicians themselves... Still - a very interesting discovery, since many associate musicality and creativity with the right half of the brain and rationality/mathematics/geometry (traditional "IQ test subjects") with the left half of the brain...

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Causality check: Could it be those with intelligence are drawn to make music?

Posted by: Phil Wolff on October 15, 2002 07:19 PM

Phil; thanks for your comment! It is indeed a possibility; and another possibility is that we only hear about the intelligent musicians because they're the ones that are good at what they do?(...beacuse of their intelligence?)

I found the novelty of this particular discovery to be that most "traditionally" considered "IQ Subjects" are associated with the "radional"/mathematical-part of the brain, not the creative one. On the other hand; there's talk of "creative intelligence" as a factor in the "general intelligence"...


Posted by: andersja on October 15, 2002 07:30 PM
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