Brain Blogger: A Blog on Multidimensional Biopsychosocial Perspectives

Brain Blogger

Brain Blogger is a Scientific American partner biomedical blog sponsored by the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation (GNIF). It provides original and accessible neuroscience-related content and resources, and aims to inspire and educate the general public about the progress and potential of brain research. Brain Blogger can be followed on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Tumblr. The blog is edited by Shaheen Lakhan.

Brain Blogger recently discussed a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that aimed to determine whether the brains of musicians and nonmusicians respond differently to music. Although there have been many studies on how music affects brain function, this study wanted to focus on how the brain responds to music that has been learned, not just simple melodies.

The website stated that the study found more brain activity in musicians than nonmusicians when listening to familiar music. Although more of the auditory cortex of both groups was activated while listening to familiar music, more of the right auditory cortex was activated in the musicians, while nonmusicians showed more left auditory cortex activation.

Brain Blogger pointed out that several areas of the brains of both groups lit up while listening to familiar music. These regions include those involved with movement, touch, and emotional reactions, as well as memory regions such as the hippocampus. They also stated that the study authors posit that musical training “engages an extensive neuronal network” and may improve memory function.

The blog noted that the findings need to be replicated to confirm their validity. They concluded by stating that although more research is needed, this study stated that Brain Blogger is part of the Scientific American Influencer Network, through which the blog has access to multiple experts in the field of neuroscience. The website invited these experts to share their thoughts on this new study and its findings.

Frequently Asked Questions About Brain Blogger

What do you enjoy reading about on Brain Blogger? 

I enjoy reading about a variety of topics on the blog, including neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, and related topics. I also enjoy reading about health and fitness, recipes, productivity tips, and other lifestyle tips.

What do you like most about Brain Blogger? 

I love the comprehensive and science-based approach to brain health that the website takes. The content is always well-researched, and I appreciate the fact that the site doesn’t shy away from discussing controversial topics in brain health (such as alternative medicine and cognitive enhancement). Overall, it’s a great resource for anyone who is interested in learning more about their brain!

Who is your favorite blogger on Brain Blogger? 

My favorite blogger on Brain Blogger is Holly Cave. I love her writing style and the way she breaks down complex topics in an easy to understand way.

What would you like to see more of on Brain Blogger?

I would like to see more posts about the latest findings in neuroscience research. I would also like to see more posts about ways to improve brain health and prevent cognitive decline. Finally, I’d love to see more personal stories about how people have overcome brain injuries or neurological conditions.