Your Brain is Better on Music

 

Have you ever listened to music to relax, study or exercise? If so, you’ve likely experienced the therapeutic benefits of music. In my first TEDx talk I share how scientifically designed music and neurotechnology can facilitate positive changes in brain chemistry, function and structure through the simple practice of listening. But there is more to it than meets the ear.

Watch, listen and discover why children and adults with autism, sleep, depression, learning, emotional, and stress related difficulties are being helped by the power of music to reveal and access their true potential.

This talk features the neuroscience-based music programs we have created at Advanced Brain Technologies, Vital Neuro, and Sleep Genius.

TEDx Ogden Illumination

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Tonight is TEDx Ogden Illumination and I’m thrilled to be one of the invited speakers.

The message I am sharing is intended to be one of awareness and hope. It embodies our vision, that we have been spreading globally for 20 years.

TEDx Ogden, is another opportunity to touch more lives with this important idea worth spreading… Your Brain is Better on Music

To watch the Livestream, go to the TEDx Ogden Facebook page where you can tune in to my talk and the entire event with other inspiring speakers, entertainment and more.

TEDx Ogden Illumination Start Times                              Alex’s Scheduled Talk Time

GMT -1:00 AM                                                                             GMT 2:58 AM

9:00 PM EDT                                                                                10:58 PM EDT

8:00 PM CDT                                                                                 9:58 PM CDT

7:00 PM MDT                                                                               8:58 PM MDT

6:00 PM PDT                                                                                7:58 PM PDT

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Since a direct livestream link is not yet ready you’ll want to login to Facebook and go to the TEDxOgden Facebook page to find the livestream when the event begins. If you do not see it right away, refresh the screen and check the page again.

Given there are 7 speakers and entertainment, my talk may not start exactly at the scheduled time, so it would be a good idea to tune in earlier and be prepared for the talk to start earlier or later then planned.

I hope you can watch this evening (morning and day for many of my international friends) and that you will share the event with people who you want to hear about the value music has to enhance our lives, and the lives of the people we care about.

Tune in to the LiveStream of TEDxOgden tonight!

Not familiar with TED or TEDx talks? You can learn more here.

 

 

Autism Hope Summit: Hope with a Plan

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If you’ve ever felt frustrated or hopeless while dealing with the heartbreaking challenges of Autism, you’re not alone.

More than 3.5 million Americans live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Severe Autism diagnoses don’t need to be a living death sentence. Many of the severe symptoms of Autism can be greatly reduced, allowing these kids to overcome obstacles and live healthy, enriched lives.

My friend Kristin and the Autism Hope Alliance are gearing up to launch the 3rd Annual Autism Hope Summit: Hope with a Plan: Keeping Families Together, Whole & Healthy!

I serve on the board of the Autism Hope Alliance and am honored to be one of the featured guests discussing  Music Listening Therapy: A Sound Solution for Your Child on the Autism Spectrum. 

Learn more about this FREE online event!

Join me and over 25 of the world’s top experts in the field of Autism research and therapies experts for this special online event. You will be guided through high-impact tools, techniques and strategies that have been shown to make a difference for families just like yours.

For 10 consecutive days, you’ll get access to over 25 powerful sessions from the comfort of your own home, computer or mobile device. No travel needed!

The summit is starting soon…  Monday, May 14th through Wednesday, May 23rd. So be sure and register for this free event to reserve your “seat.” My interview will first air on the morning of the 16th.

I also recommend you add these dates to your calendar! This is a potentially life-changing event you won’t want to miss.

Register for this free online event now!

Whether you have a child diagnosed with Autism or know someone who does — your voice and presence in this journey of Autism is vital.

When you join us, you’ll be standing up for what each of us desperately needs in our own lives as we seek wellness and vitality for ourselves and for those we love: responsibility for our own diets, choices for health, support in our relationships, a plan for a brighter future.

Hope IS possible. And it’s now more possible, more real, than it’s ever been before.

I’ll “see” you there!

 

Sharing What Works: EEG Info Sits Down With Alex Doman

Kurt Othmer President of EEG Info interviews Alex Doman CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies

I recently sat down at the 2017 Advanced Clinical Summit for a discussion with my long time friend and colleague Kurt Othmer, President of EEG Info, a leader in clinical neurofeedback.

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We share something unique which is standing on the shoulders of our elders, pioneers in their fields of brain science, and attempting to contribute our own experience and perspective to leave the world a better place then it was when we came on the scene. I am grateful for the friendship, and this opportunity to share why we do what we do at Advanced Brain Technologies and our related projects.

We had a wide-ranging discussion that covers many topics, including:

  • The history of music listening therapy and the multi-generational pioneering work by the Doman family that eventually gave rise to Advanced Brain Technologies.
  • The development of The Listening Program® (TLP) and what makes it so unique compared to other methods.
  • How The Listening Program works to “rewire” the brain and helps listeners achieve better results in less time.
  • Who can benefit from The Listening Program.
  • How the rhythm-based music therapy of inTime evolved from TLP.
  • The background behind The Movement Program.
  • And much more…

You can watch this interview by clicking here Kurt Othmer interviews Alex Doman. Feel free to share with friends, family and colleagues so they too can get a deeper understanding of the history and purpose driving Advanced Brain Technologies today.

 

Music, the Brain and Therapeutic Results

 

Concetta Tomaino

It’s a New Year and time for the first episode of The Listening Program® Radio for 2015! And, I’m elated to share that Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino will be my guest tomorrow, Wednesday, January 7th from 8:00-9:00 PM Eastern to discuss Music, the Brain and Therapeutic Results.

Dr. Tomaino is executive director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation including decades of clinical work with the acclaimed neurologist and best-selling author Dr. Oliver Sacks. The recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Music Therapy Association, Concetta is one of the pioneers in the field of music therapy.

If you share my fascination with the profound ways music can improve the human condition I invite you to join us for this free call. You can register here and receive a program reminder before the show. 

More about the program

What does contemporary neuroscience tell us about music and the brain? How do these findings support clinical applications of music therapy in child development as well as recovery or maintenance of function in adults with brain injuries?  Drawing from research and her extensive clinical work, many chronicled by Dr. Oliver Sacks, Dr. Tomaino provides an overview of music and the brain and shares evidence for the efficacy of clinical applications of music in stroke rehabilitation, enhanced function in Parkinson’s disease and improved memory and quality of life in those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Join Alex Doman and his guest Concetta Tomaino for insights into music and the brain. This program will help you understand:

  • How is music used in therapy?
  • What is music therapy?
  • What are some of the clinical applications of music to help those with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke? Children with developmental delays?
  • How is the field of neuroscience helping inform the field of music therapy?

 

Back At It

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Did you miss me? Perhaps you didn’t notice I was gone… Either way, I wanted to share that I’m back at it! Back at what you ask? Blogging…

In November I decided to take a hiatus from writing posts so I could focus with a really awesome team of people to launch two exciting products for Advanced Brain Technologies and Sleep Genius. One of these launched in February. It is a rhythm-based music listening therapy called inTime and I must say it is incredible! I couldn’t be happier about the response to it and the stories I am already hearing about the lives it is touching. More on that in-time… The other launch is happening this Friday, and I can hardly wait to share that one with you. If you have difficulty sleeping, you definitely want to stay tuned. And the best way to do that is to follow this blog via email. You’ll find the sign up on the top right of this site. Just type in your email address. It’s super easy!

Those who follow this blog and my work will know that my focus, besides my amazing wife and kids, is on elevating people’s lives by helping them achieve and maintain their sound brain fitness. This is akin to physical exercise making us healthier. To help make the brain fit and performing at its best, you can engage in healthy sound practices which include avoiding noise as much as possible to preserve hearing and reduce stress, and by having a daily listening practice with music listening therapy to feed your brain with the sounds and music it is so hungry for. I can tell you it is absolutely incredible what just these two lifestyle changes can do to help you live a healthier, more productive and happy life!

Did you know that music can change how your brain works?  If you didn’t know, I want you to, because that knowledge can transform your life! To learn more about this idea you might enjoy reading about a recent study at the University of Liverpool that has shown that even brief musical training can increase blood flow in the brain. This research also adds to an existing evidence base that suggests that areas responsible for music and language share common brain pathways. Pretty cool right?

Do Drum Rhythms Affect Brain Rhythms?

MIckey Hart

Today is Mickey Hart’s birthday, and now at 70 years young he shows no signs of slowing!

In July I shared a bit about “Drum Ki” his fine art collection that utilizes sophisticated technology to create a new medium translating rhythm to visual art. The image you see above “The Sermon” is part of this collection and hangs on my office wall as a daily reminder about the meaning of rhythm in our lives.

Now not only can you see Mickey Hart’s rhythmic art, but the brain that creates it. Watch the Grateful Dead Drummer’s brain scanned with an EEG while he plays drums!  UCSF neuroscientist Adam Gassaley is working with Hart to investigate if enhancing someone’s sense of timing might improve their cognition. VIDEO– Learn more in this ABC News report.

Research has shown that music training improves the brain’s ability to recognize, perceive, and make time sensitive movements such as speech production.  Do drum rhythms affect brain rhythms? The answer is yes. This is a core sonic principle called entrainment which I wrote about in Healing at the Speed of Sound with my co-author Don Campbell. What we don’t yet understand is to what extent, and all the mechanisms involved. There is much left to learn.

We have our own brain rhythm project happening at Advanced Brain Technologies, now five years in the making. Currently we are conducting research via a preliminary clinical trial in which children and adults listen to specially created rhythmic music twice daily through headphones to explore what kind of neurological changes may come using qualitative and psychometric measures. We are eager to see the outcomes. Given our efforts in applied music cognition research we are also excited to learn what will come from the Hart/Gassaley collaboration.