Back At It

Musical Brain

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?

Conscious Listening with Julian Treasure

For the past few months I’ve really been enjoying my new Sound Brain Fitness Series. These free monthly, 60 minute teleseminars are open to the public and cover wide ranging topics intended to help people transform their lives through a better understanding of sound, music, and the brain.

The next program is October 3rd at 8:00 pm eastern. My guest is Julian Treasure; author, four-time TED.com speaker, and leading sound consultant. The topic is Conscious Listening.  Julian and I will explore listening, our active relationship with sound. Listening is something almost everyone does, and it profoundly impacts on our health, effectiveness and relationships, and even changes our reality – and yet almost no-one thinks about it consciously or trains to become better at it.

Along the way they we’ll cover:

  • What listening is
  • How it differs from hearing and how we do it
  • Why our listening is in danger
  • The pros and cons of headphones
  • Five practices for becoming a conscious listener

Please join us for this exciting hour and register here. You can listen on the phone or online. When you register be sure to submit a question you would like to have answered on the call. There will also be an opportunity to call in and have your question answered live!

Chronobiology and Music

Chronobiology is a fascinating field of scientific study that examines biological rhythms. Arguably it can be said that life itself is all about rhythm and timing. After all, don’t we all march to the beat of a different drummer? OK… obvious pun, but my point is we are each living organisms driven by a circadian clock.  Some of us are owls, nocturnal beings that thrive in darkness; and others larks, who function best in the light of day.

Each of us is influenced by the neural mechanisms of our internal clock. Chronobiological music treatments tap into this biological mechanism as an effective means to manage some psychosomatic disorders including insomnia and depression. Next week on September 5th, I’ll be exploring the emerging research in this area with Austrian based music and media effect researcher Vera Brandes, Director of the Research Program Music-Medicine at Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg.

Please join us September 5th, 8pm eastern for Chronobiology and Music: The Salzburg Experience,  a free teleseminar in my monthly Sound Brain Fitness series. Register Online.

Sound- The Unknown Pillar of Health

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Back in June I had the honor of being the first guest for a new teleconference series from the Sound and Music Alliance. Dr. Zacciah Blackburn interviewed me about our work at Advanced Brain Technologies, delving into some of the history and evolution of The Listening Program. This link will take you to the recording of the program. I had a great time during this interview and hope you enjoy it. If you have any comments or questions for me, feel free to comment here.

Psycho What?

Psycho What?

This is the typical response I receive when using the term psychoacoustics when giving a presentation or training professionals. At Advanced Brain Technologies we use this field of science combined with neuroscience and music effects research in our research and development of audio products which improve sound brain fitness.

The article Sound, the Way the Brain Prefers to Hear It was recently published in The New York Times. Reading it will give you a better understanding of the work we do, and the science that guides it. Knowing how the brain perceives and processes elements of sound; rhythm, frequency, timing, volume and space is the foundation. From there we design programs which improve sound brain fitness, training the brain to improve its perception and understanding of these sonic elements, so it can better understand what it hears.

This is an exciting and growing field, that is now gaining greater recognition, as we better understand how the brain prefers to experience sound.