THE BRAIN'S CONDUCTOR: WORKING MEMORY AND MUSIC

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Enjoyed speaking at the Florida Federation of Music Clubs.

Working memory, your ability to work with information, is a musician's greatest cognitive asset. In this talk, we explore the relationship between working memory and music.

 

Here are some of the topics we covered:

*Your brain on classical music

*Why John Coltrane had a great working memory

*Why working memory makes the difference between good musicians and virtuosos

*Why practice will only get you so far

*How musical training can help delay the effects of aging.

Working Memory and Special Educational Needs

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We had the wonderful opportunity to share with staff at Keystone Academy, a wonderful academy that supports students with learning needs.

Here are some of the topics we covered:

  • Why working memory is the number one classroom skill
  • How a poor working memory is a common thread in learning difficulties, including in those with Autism, ADHD and Dyslexia
  • Why it is more important than IQ
  • How focusing on working memory can improve learning
  • We also talked about how small but crucial tweaks in lifestyle-like what your children eat and how much they sleep-can pay big dividends at school.

Learning and the Brain Conference

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Title: Can Technology Make You Smarter?

What is technology doing to our brain? Can video games make us smarter? Are Social Networking Sites (SNS) hurting our students' grades? This talk explores the role of technology on Working Memory--our brain's conductor and a powerful predictor of academic success. Based on cutting-edge scientific research, we find out what tools in technology can make a difference to Working Memory.

Conference website