Music engages the auditory system in a manner that is uniquely capable of inducing emotion in the listener. Recent studies, however, suggests that the effects of musical behaviors on the brain may be significantly more dramatic--for the musicians themselves. Early musical training, even at a casual level, shapes the brain well into adulthood by changing its ability to process all sounds, even those rooted in language. This podcast explores the complex relationships between music, language and the brain.
Dr. Charles Limb is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, where he specializes in neurotology and skull base surgery. He is also a Faculty Member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine, and completed surgical training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also completed postdoctoral research fellowships under Dr. David Ryugo and Dr. Allen Braun. His current areas of research focus on the study of the neural basis of musical improvisation and creativity (in jazz and freestyle rap) as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants. His work has been featured by CNN, National Public Radio, TED, National Geographic, Scientific American, PBS, the New York Times, the Library of Congress, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institute.
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Nina Kraus, of Northwestern University, discusses the long lasting effects that musical experience has on nervous system development which impact very basic communication skills.