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Tambourines Phonemes & Dopamine. Music, Language, and the Brain Presented by Shirl Terrell Produced by Francis Choy. Our Roles. Tappers Snappers Clappers. THEORY FUN. I come home in the morning light My mother says when you gonna live your live right

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tambourines phonemes dopamine

TambourinesPhonemes & Dopamine

Music, Language, and the Brain

Presented by Shirl TerrellProduced by Francis Choy

our roles
Our Roles
  • Tappers
  • Snappers
  • Clappers
slide4

I come home in the morning light

My mother says when you gonna live your live right

Oh mother dear we’re not the fortunate ones

And DE, they want to have fun

Oh DE, just want to have fun

slide5

The phone rings in the middle of the nightMy father yells what you gonna do with your lifeOh daddy dear you know you’re still number one

But DE they want to have fun

Oh DE they want to have

slide6

That’s all they really want

Some fun

When the working day is done

Oh DE they want to have fun

Oh DE they want to have fun

slide7

Some boys take a beautiful girl

And hide her away from the rest of the world

I want to be the one to walk in the sun

Oh DE they want to have fun

Oh DE they want to have

slide8

That’s all they really want

Some fun

When the working day is done

DE girls – they want to have fun

Oh DE Boys just want to have fun

They want to have fun

They want to have fun...

Lyrics: Robert Hazard Sung by Cyndi Lauper

kouyou african medicine dance

KOUYOU AFRICAN MEDICINE DANCE

Horns, drums, sticks, handclapping, tambourines

tactus
Tactus
  • Level of temporal organization – regular and periodic
  • Range coincides with moderate walking pace, human heartbeat, rate of jaw movement in chewing, infant sucking reflex
ravi shankar
Ravi Shankar

Raga Jogeshwari

for sitar and tabla

steven pinker
Steven Pinker

Evolutionary psychologist, Harvard professor, student of world-renowned linguist Noam Chomsky

The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

How the Mind Works

The Blank Slate

slide14
“Music is auditory cheesecake.”

Music is biologically useless.

Compared with language, vision, social reasoning and physical know-how, music could vanish from our species and the rest of our lifestyle would be virtually unchanged.

steven mithen
Steven Mithen

Reading University archaeologist

The Singing Neanderthals: the origin of music, language, mind, and body

slide16
Music’s evolution holds the key to language
  • Music making is a universal human feature
slide18
No single language or music center
  • Bilateralization – processing in both hemispheres of brain
slide19
All babies are born “citizens of the world” – can learn any language perfectly and have an innate capacity to learn any of world’s musics
emotions
Emotions

Emotion: A mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort; often accompanied by physiological changes

basic emotions
Basic Emotions
  • Happiness
  • Surprise
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Disgust
your music
Your Music
  • What is one of your favorite pieces of music?
  • What about that music appeals to you?
  • What emotions does it invoke, if any?
music clips

Music Clips

Imagine ~ John Lennon

music clips1

Music Clips

My War ~ Black Flag

brainstorming
Brainstorming

Emotions this music evokes

Subjects you could teach using this clip

Ways to get your students involved

music clips3

Music Clips

~ Bauhaus

music clips4

Music Clips

~ Schumann

music clips5

Music Clips

~ Copland

music clips6

Music Clips

How Can I Keep from Singing

~ Enya

habituation
Habituation
  • Brain is interested only in change
  • Longer neurons stimulated, less they respond
  • Without constant renewal of sound or attention to sound, we deafen to it
earworm ohrwurm
Earworm - Ohrwurm

Song stuck in the head syndrome

Neural circuits representing the song get stuck in playback mode

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The important thing is not, “is it good music, but what is the music good for?” - Folksinger Pete Seeger
  • “Richard Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.”
        • Mark Twain
group music making
Group Music Making
  • Molds minds and bodies in shared emotional state
  • Increases ability to cooperate with others
  • Releases hormone “oxytocin”, loosens synaptic connections where prior knowledge held, clears path for acquisition of new understanding through behavioral actions shared by others
circle
Circle
  • Music as cultural expression
  • Brain as it processes music and language
  • Music as means of expressing emotions
  • Music making in a group setting