Music on the Brain: Jessica Grahn at TEDxWaterloo 2013

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A neuroscientist with music on the brain. Literally. Can music change the way we move?
Jessica Grahn is a cognitive neuroscientist who chases the musical mysteries of the mind. For her, music and the brain inspire her to ask how and why does music make us move? How does music influence different types of movement, and how could we optimize this effect to help patients with neurological disorders?
Jessica, a musician herself, is curious about why humans have developed a musical culture (and why monkeys haven't) and how does musical or rhythmic ability relate to movement and language ability. This Assistant Professor at the Brain and Mind Institute and the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario is using her neuro-musical insights to explore the age-old mystery of why some people can 'feel the beat', while others have two left feet.
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@kyraocity 4 yıl önce
11:37 Motor areas respond even without movement; rhythm is driving music even without music 13:30 Music is not just about sound, it is also *fundamentally* about movement
@ElieATALLAH 4 yıl önce
I cried at the end ..much love and thank you for sharing this ❤ So Music can really make miracles
@DJKoollord 5 yıl önce
For musicians that have used a metronome, this video made a lot of sense.
@nickscoiattolo3428 5 yıl önce
For musicians that eat peanuts is even butter. Better, sorry. Better.
@bjrnvindabildtrup9337 7 yıl önce
You don't have to be fully synchronized to dance to something, the important thing I think, is if the music makes snowball move like that because it likes the sound of it so much, then it's dancing. If it is a spontaneous stimuli to the particular sound, then it's dancing (whether it's "music" in the traditional sense or not btw). If it moves like that to get a treat or something then it's fake, but you could maybe argue that some people do the same, use dance as a means to an end, like getting intimate with someone, and they wouldn't really want to dance if they could be free, that dance is also fake.
@robery81 7 yıl önce
My guess is that you dance because it feels good, hence you're getting a reward, ergo your dancing is fake. I really think you're a little bit confused about the psychological concepts of reward, value, and motivation. There's no such thing as doing some voluntary action, any voluntary action, just because. Freedom lies on doing whatever you want, it does not matter what the reason is: doing that for a treat, money, social interaction, sex, a long term goal, or just because you like it, makes no difference at all. Besides, what she's talking about is the ability to do something... humans may want to fly, we can even try, but we cannot, even if we find it rewarding. And we most certainly could not fly to get a reward, a treat or whatever. We may try 'just' to get a reward, but how well could we do?
@bjrnvindabildtrup9337 7 yıl önce
maybe I shouldn't have used the word "fake". I think maybe my point was that many humans' ways of dancing, to fit in, to get laid or whatever, are just as "fake" as the bird dancing to get a treat. I think there's a difference between enjoying the activity itself, it gives you an instant reward, and doing the activity like a chore to get some reward in the future. I think you can definitely do something just because, in a certain sense. Of course there's always a reason behind it, but some things you do to fit in, and you maybe kind of learn to enjoy them, cause of what goes along with it. Some other things, you just like doing, even if they are not really of any help in your life, and if you were alone you would maybe just do these things by your self. Maybe it's kind of an inner reward you get from these things, and other things that give you validation from other people, is an outer reward. I don't think I understood your point about humans flying. haven't seen the video in a while, maybe that's why...
@amusicment4829 7 aylar önce
Great talk, thank you!
@dlxinfinite7098 2 yıl önce
This is one of the best, easily digestible video on this topic
@JacobLouis Yıl önce
I love you! Finally someone understands my taste in music. Rhythm is so important!
@drkittyrathod 3 yıl önce
Incredible talk
@joemcg0241 5 yıl önce
This topic has been the most interesting thing on earth to me! And then I find this! Whaaat! Great job
@Stormeyworld 8 yıl önce
Very interesting. The brain is amazing!
@nickscoiattolo3428 5 yıl önce
@billwesley 7 yıl önce
Animals use a sense of rhythm to walk, run, fly, slither, swim, jump, bounce, lope, gallop, swing, climb, descend, turn, twist. dive, fight, hit, throw, grasp, push, pull, chew, swallow howl, breath, hiss and perform every other action involving muscles. If they did not have an expert sense of timing they could do none of these things. Humans move together but so do many animals such a birds in mating dances predators coordinating a hunt and so on. Most animals do not respond to human music because they are not human, but many probobly could if need be.
@iam1smiley1 3 yıl önce
I've used music to work with dressage horses that lacked worked very well!! I've also used music to calm jorses that were tense and used music to excite lazy horses. I also have a Jack Russell terrier who lives to "sing" to Shania Twain. Sparkie definently has favorite songs that he likes to sing to more than others 🤣
@mdk_millenial 8 yıl önce
great .. loved it
@girishramnath 3 aylar önce
Very informative
@CariFromDitchDiets 6 yıl önce
Music’s powerful healing force
@26wavessoundscape86 6 yıl önce
after 20 tedx videos i watched this is probably the most cool
@hsy9.423 4 yıl önce
its very very informative i am glad i am watching this on may 30 2019!!!
@officialchannel1292 4 yıl önce
May 31 2019🥂
@JoeyJoeJoe87 2 yıl önce
30 May 2021, quite a different world we live in now!
@bimboblacky 7 yıl önce
Japanese taiko is ALMOST exclusively composed of rhythm.
@Tyrog 10 yıl önce
Very interesting!
@julietheadrick3699 6 yıl önce
I wonder if music has the same energizing effect on depression?
@roxanajohnson9310 5 yıl önce
Juliet Headrick it does.
@lukasziel.5434 5 yıl önce
I don't think so... Sure, it can be energizing, but as depression is a severe mental disorder and the patients oftentimes feel a lack of drive and avolution, it can differ. As I myself have depression I have to say, that it's not uncommon for the brain to hesitate or even reject the sound of something, that others may find energizing. Kind of the same, as if you were listening to a song that you don't like but were forced to listen to it. It is known and proven that music can trigger dopamine release in the brain, but this is solely responsible for joy and not for drive and motivation. As for example when listening to a well liked piece of music a person with depressive disorder may be soothed and relieved in a certain way, as the dopamine release can lessen the feeling often experienced numbness, but it oftentimes won't energize the person so much to do something or in the most severe cases to even get out of bed. That is because the hormone responsible for drive is serotonin, which isn't majorly released by listening to music. Therefore music in case of a major depressive disorder is unlikely to energize to a certain degree, though it can lessen emotional symptoms
@sciencetroll3208 7 yıl önce
That's not a 'Sulphour crested Cokateal ', that's a white cokatoo.
@nickscoiattolo3428 5 yıl önce
Musiq affects the brain the way the brain affects the music, meaning THAT: if you feel free, go with it, you enjoy life as long as it's green, and GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER so this is poetry as far as musik is.. love. or life. everything.? dammn. i'ì,'m confused. No, i'm not. MUSIC IS LOVE
@chillosophy2886 7 yıl önce
Holy mother damn, I'm in love.
@grantusguitar1269 3 yıl önce
The audience did not have that beat down
@RaraAvisRenascor 6 yıl önce
I wonder what someone’s brain scan would look like listening to V-Snares
@ayatarek5 8 yıl önce
Extremely nice : ]
@weneedmorerain 8 yıl önce
A fast techno best? It's like 120bpm generally. DnB anyone? 174, or drum step sometimes at 180
@ix_9_ix 7 yıl önce
Nah brutal death metal 200 bpm
@thesaiyanpath7914 5 yıl önce
I'm in love with her.
@followerofjesus6338 4 yıl önce
You can have everlasting life by repenting toward God and believing in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour and you will be saved ❤️💕 Jesus died for our sins got buried and rose again
@ciarafahy9162 7 yıl önce
Mendelssohns violin concerto in e minor op.64 if anyone was wondering😄
@ColletteandBren 3 yıl önce
god...that audience
@leekei5929 3 yıl önce
12:20 I could acknowledge I will never make bilboard on top 100 ( and laughs at herself) Audiences: 😐😐😐😐😐😐
@anarchyjt809 2 yıl önce
The audience whenever the Jessica makes a joke: 3:23
@azimchoudhury502 4 yıl önce
What if I have a music addiction?
@charlesedwards7115 Yıl önce
As of yet i have noy come across music Therapy for thoes people with Mental Health problems can you do a lecture on such
@tanteastrid3419 5 yıl önce
The bird is a Sulfur crested COCKATOO. The speaker said incorrect cockatiel.
@joshsharpe5706 3 yıl önce
Tante Astrid I did her best
@jussituukkanen3353 4 yıl önce
thank you
@infinaneek 7 yıl önce
Oh god. The audience were worse than the money!
@cucciolo182 8 yıl önce
@MrMari0000 4 yıl önce
the monkey was tapping on the upbeat
@gracemarcantel9052 3 yıl önce
Gee, maybe it's because we're NOT from monkeys?!?!
@mrvaskokurko 6 yıl önce
I wished she danced, she's cuuute.
@RandomParrot 4 yıl önce
I could be a great example for her of a human that can't move accurately to music. I make snowball look like Ringo Starr....wait That may be a bad example..LOL
@WayamaGwandana 4 yıl önce
Have a look at Paul Barton playing Bach on piano for a blind elephant on youtube.. elephants dance!
@surfinmuso37 7 yıl önce
She actually shows and proves very little, if anything at all. Training a monkey through a reward system to respond to a beat says nothing about humans and music. Just proves how stupid the methods of "neuroscientists" are.
@robery81 7 yıl önce
+Great zombie jesus A "genius" who spells "genius" as "genious" is most definitely not a genius. Use a dictionary and read more "genious".
@robery81 7 yıl önce
+Great zombie jesus Oh my! This is worse than I thought. But you know, there are options for people with the type of cognitive impairment you have. Get professional help Mr. Adult, you don't have to live with a disability. Won't reply anymore, I don't have time to waste because I am actually trying to do something beneficial for mankind.
@sciencetroll3208 7 yıl önce
I didn't hear you saying anything about blue whales having a top 40 of songs ?
@MrAkshay8opeth 6 yıl önce
she's speaking in front of corpses.
@nickscoiattolo3428 5 yıl önce
@Zeldarw104 4 yıl önce
Day of the dead! 👀
@ANILKUMAR-ic1ms 5 yıl önce
How about motor impulse in people listening to sarrow song
@Bengun67 5 yıl önce
ANGUS YOUNG ! ! ! lol
@sciencetroll3208 7 yıl önce
Wrong. Rythym is not the basic thing in music. The basic thing is painting a picture. A painter uses perspective, colour, shade, contrast, edges, movement . . . . . .and yes, look at the Mona Lisa, her smile moves . . . .I am a musician, all this shit is what we do.
@RancidTacoGas 8 yıl önce
Aphex Twin!
@Birdcagewastaken 6 yıl önce
tough crowd
@pacostarr11 2 yıl önce
Seriously, only one laugh!
@carol8434 6 yıl önce
What a bad audience..
@manuelalejandrochavezcasti1476 7 yıl önce
Wow! She's hot ! Heeeeeeeey now Jessy!
@hankwilson741 2 yıl önce
@barwick5466 8 yıl önce
0:52 weakkk
@benhunt-deol9713 7 yıl önce
Her face after though 😂
@barwick5466 7 yıl önce
@luukwoudstra8903 4 yıl önce
the crowd made it really awkward hahaha
@worldwarmickMiceal 8 yıl önce
Aphex Twin yeeee
@sciencetroll3208 7 yıl önce
How do you know about an Orca's response to music ? Have you sung with them ? I suggest you go and sing with Orcas before you authoritevely tell H Sapiens about " animals " response to music.
@dsprtly 6 yıl önce
hey aphex!!!
@igaboa2486 4 yıl önce
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