Posts Tagged ‘TED’

Play an instrument, improve your brain

November 2, 2014

Willie Nelson's guitar

Scientists watched brain activity using FMRI and PET scanners. Multiple areas of the brain light up when the subject is listening to music. Even more so for a musician playing music. While playing, musicans’ brains are “simultaneously processing different information in intricate, interrelated and astonishingly fast sequences” according to neuro-scientists.

To watch the whole 4 minute Ted video, click here.

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31 ways to get smarter

January 5, 2012

Check out Newsweek’s Daily Beast 31 easy ways to get smarter in 2012. I don’t know if I even agree with them all. I mean, #14 is play violent video games!

Here’s my favorite for songwriters:

#24: Write by hand. Remember what that feels like? Brain scans show that handwriting engages more sections of the brain than typing. Bonus brain boost: it’s easier to remember something once you’ve written it down on paper.

Most of us are already doing #23. Here’s what they say.

#23 Play an instrument. Strum chords, tickle the ivories, play a jug. Learning an instrument boosts IQ and increases activity in parts of the brain controlling memory and coordination.

I guess for musicians, I would change that to, learn a new instrument.

Some other easy ones are eat yoghurt, hydrate and drink coffee. So are you supposed to drink water instead of coffee, or drink coffee instead of water or just drink more of both?

More of my favorites:

#2 Eat turmeric
#6 Sleep. A lot
#7 Download the TED app
#11 Eat dark chocolate

Read them all in detail here.

How to grow fresh air

June 16, 2009

Departing from songwriting for one post, here’s a real find from the ‘too good not to share’ department. Another amazing video from TED.

Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air. With its air-filtering plants and sustainable architecture, Kamal Meattle’s office park in New Delhi is a model of green business. Meattle himself is a longtime activist for cleaning up India’s air.