Assignment - Music and the Brain ASSIGNMENT READ THE ARTICLE BELOW(OR GO TO THE LINK TO GET THE FULL ARTICLE AND ASSOCIATED MUSIC THEN ANSWER THE

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“Music and the Brain” ASSIGNMENT READ THE ARTICLE BELOW (OR GO TO THE LINK TO GET THE FULL ARTICLE AND ASSOCIATED MUSIC) THEN ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN YOUR NOTEBOOK: 1. WHAT IS THE MAIN POINT THE O’DONNELL IS MAKING? (TRY TO PUT THIS INTO ONE SHORT SENTENCE) 2. WHAT EVIDENCE DOES HE PRESENT TO CONVINCE YOU? (MENTION AT LEAST ONE “SCIENTIFIC” EXPERIMENT) 3. WHAT IS A “STOPPED ANAPESTIC BEAT”? WHAT EFFECT DOES THIS TEND TO HAVE ON LIVING ORGANISMS? 4. DO YOU FIND O’DONNELL’S ARGUMENTS INTERESTING? DO YOU FIND THEM CONVINCING? Laurence O'Donnell http://www.sbac.edu/~rawlings/brain.htm "Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired" (Boethius cited by Storr). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Music's interconnection with society can be seen throughout history. Every known culture on the earth has music. Music seems to be one of the basic actions of humans. However, early music was not handed down from generation to generation or recorded. Hence, there is no official record of "prehistoric" music. Even so, there is evidence of prehistoric music from the findings of flutes carved from bones. The influence of music on society can be clearly seen from modern history. Music helped Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence. When he could not figure out the right wording for a certain part, he would play his violin to help him. The music helped him get the words from his brain onto the paper. Albert Einstein is recognized as one of the smartest men who has ever lived. A little known fact about Einstein is that when he was young he did extremely poor in school. His grade school teachers told his parents to take him out of school because he was "too stupid to learn" and it would be a waste of resources for the school to invest time and energy in his education. The school suggested that his parents get Albert an easy, manual labor job as soon as they could. His mother did not think that Albert was "stupid". Instead of following the school's advice, Albert's parents bought him a violin. Albert became good at the violin. Music was the key that helped Albert Einstein become one of the smartest men who has ever lived. Einstein himself says that the reason he was so smart is because he played the violin. He loved the music of Mozart and Bach the most. A friend
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of Einstein, G.J. Withrow, said that the way Einstein figured out his problems and equations was by improvising on the violin. Bodily Responses to Music In general, responses to music are able to be observed. It has been proven that music influences humans both in good and bad ways. These effects are instant and long lasting. Music is thought to link all of the emotional, spiritual, and physical elements of the
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2011 for the course HUMANITIES 151 taught by Professor Nicassio during the Spring '08 term at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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Assignment - Music and the Brain ASSIGNMENT READ THE ARTICLE BELOW(OR GO TO THE LINK TO GET THE FULL ARTICLE AND ASSOCIATED MUSIC THEN ANSWER THE

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