Playing an instrument can make you smarter

In a previews post I wrote about Tania de Jong’s TEDx Talk, where she talks about the power of singing. You can read this post here.

During the last few months I’ve grown an interest towards the way the human mind works, commonly known scientifically as “neuroscience”. It all started when I had to understand the behaviour of individuals within Groupmates’ target audience, how their behaviour could influence our growth, and how could we use data gathered from users interactions to our product, or users interaction with our landing and referral pages to improve.

To analyse behaviour you need to make use of different techniques and theories, and the harder it is the more fun (for me at-least).

Tim Ferris, a famous life hacker, in his book “Four Hour Work Week” (you can read the first 50 pages for free by registering here), talks about how you can train your brain to learn things easier and faster. There are many techniques for “brain hack” in his book, and apparently science agrees that the brain is trainable. Medical Daily says “Brain revealed to be more flexible and trainable“.

My favourite neuroscience discovery so far though, is the fact that playing an instrument can increase brain activity, efficiency, speed of memory, and more. Apparently musicians have higher brain activity when they an instrument in comparison to people who perform other arts. That’s awesome, right?! Check out how it works in the video below.



You Have A Voice, Use It

Recently, I had the luck to connect with Tania De Jong over Twitter. Our initial Twitter connection led to us connecting on LinkedIn. After connecting on LinkedIn, Tania asked me to check out her TEDx Talk with name “How singing together changes the brain”. As you can see in the video at the end of the post, Tania has a very nice voice, a voice that she discovered after many people told her that she couldn’t sing.

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Can you sing, are you creative?

Tania asks people something important during her talk. She asks how many people were told that they can’t sing at some point in their life.

Her talk gives some really nice insights about the power of singing. Her work proves that everyone can sing and everyone can be creative.

She supports that singing is something that everyone can do, simply because everyone has been given a voice. Some people try to take our voice away, don’t let them, it belongs to you, use it.

“We’ve all given a voice to tune in and to express ourselves”

“A lot of people don’t think they can sing, and the same goes for creativity”

I would like to support Tania’s statement about singing and creativity. Besides a voice, we’ve all given imagination and creativity. The prove for that is every kid in the world, regardless background, they can use their imagination to learn, to play, to understand the world. We’ve all been kids, we’ve all used our imagination, it is real, it exists into every single one of us. Continue reading