Music & The Brain

  • Music & The Brain,  Music Psychology

    When should you listen to music to boost task performance?

    Hello Dear Reader, This week I have been picking strawberries and I have returned to writing a new book. I signed a contract during the last month of my pregnancy and then – as you may predict – not much happened. My new book will involve research with music providers and recipients so I have spent time up to now organising this work, including getting my ethics in line with new GDPR regulations. Finally it’s time to get writing! Like many, I can struggle with writing. I find it tricky to keep up with Stephen King’s guidance that a writer should aim for 1000 words a day. Some days I…

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  • Music & Memory,  Music & The Brain,  Singing

    Brain binding of music and lyrics

    Hello Dear Reader, It is a grey and rainy Monday here in York. I am doing my research and writing while staring out at my pot plants, which all look happy to by enjoying a good shower. My grandma always tried to put a positive spin on such gloom by referring to her precious garden – ‘It’s good growing weather’. Taking inspiration from the plants, let’s grow a little too; in knowledge. My scholar alert lead me to a new paper over the weekend that peaked my interest as it relates to one of my ongoing research collaborations. I am working with Dr. Jakke Tamminen (Royal Holloway) on a project that looks…