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Why does music training increase intelligence?

We know that music training causes intelligence to increase, but why? In this post I 1) propose a new theory, and 2) falsify it immediately. Given that this particular combination of activities is unpublishable in any academic journal, I invite you to read the whole story here (in under 500 words). 1) Proposing the ISAML Incredible but […]…

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Generality and specificity in the effects of musical expertise on perception and cognition

Jongman, S., Meyer, A., & Roelofs, A. (2015) The Role of Sustained Attention in the Production of Conjoined Noun Phrases: An Individual Differences Study. PLOS ONE, 10(9). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0137557

The Role of Sustained Attention in the Production of Conjoined Noun Phrases: An Individual Differences Study

Jones, M., & Boltz, M. (1989) Dynamic attending and responses to time. Psychological Review, 96(3), 459-491. DOI: 10.1037//0033-295X.96.3.459

Dynamic attending and responses to time.

Kaviani, H., Mirbaha, H., Pournaseh, M., & Sagan, O. (2013) Can music lessons increase the performance of preschool children in IQ tests?. Cognitive Processing, 15(1), 77-84. DOI: 10.1007/s10339-013-0574-0

Can music lessons increase the performance of preschool children in IQ tests?

Kunert R, & Jongman SR. (2017) Entrainment to an auditory signal: Is attention involved?. Journal of experimental psychology. General, 146(1), 77-88. PMID: 28054814

Entrainment to an auditory signal: Is attention involved?

Olivers, C., & Nieuwenhuis, S. (2005) The Beneficial Effect of Concurrent Task-Irrelevant Mental Activity on Temporal Attention. Psychological Science, 16(4), 265-269. DOI: 10.1111/j.0956-7976.2005.01526.x

The Beneficial Effect of Concurrent Task-Irrelevant Mental Activity on Temporal Attention

Glenn Schellenberg, E. (2004) Music Lessons Enhance IQ. Psychological Science, 15(8), 511-514. DOI: 10.1111/j.0956-7976.2004.00711.x

Music Lessons Enhance IQ

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Author: Richard Kunert, Brain’s Idea