In light of the posts I have written about the changes in right brain development that can happen to abused and traumatized infants, and in light of my postings about the harm caused by verbal abuse and the corresponding healing that can happen through music, I want to highlight the link my sister sent me earlier today.
This comes from the following blog, hosted and tended by an Irish gentleman named Kevin Mitchell. He states this about his blog:
“This blog will highlight and comment on current research and hypotheses relating to how the brain wires itself up during development, how the end result can vary in different people and what happens when it goes wrong. It will include discussions of the genetic and neurodevelopmental bases of traits such as intelligence and personality characteristics, as well as of conditions such as schizophrenia, autism, dyslexia, epilepsy, synaesthesia and others.”
The specific article my sister referred me to is today’s post on this blog entitled, Wired for Music. It’s a wonderful post that presents the human being’s ability to recognize patterns of music in the right brain that corresponds to the area we use from before birth to recognize prosody, or ‘the music of speech.”
When very young infants and children are exposed to verbal abuse and nasty, traumatizing alterations in the sound of the human voice, this section of the brain is affected.
Kevin Mitchell writes:
“Music has a bizarre power to engage and affect us – to move us emotionally or literally, whether it’s foot-tapping, finger-drumming or booty-shaking. It seems to have properties that make it automatically and powerfully salient for human beings. An obvious question is whether this reflects some innate properties of the human brain or whether it emerges over time due to experience with types of music. Put another way, does the brain shape the music or the other way around? Does music show particular structures because those are inherently salient and pleasant to humans or is this reaction caused by the brain’s tendency to specialise in processing stimuli that occur with some statistical regularity in its environment?”
Please click here to read this complete post, which includes this wonderful photograph guaranteed to make you smile:
There are plenty of interesting and informative articles in his posts for his blog – please take a look – and enjoy!
I also want to mention that my first grandchild, little boy Connor, was born yesterday at 5:22 in the morning. He is currently in neonatal intensive care as he is premature. He weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 ½ inches long, so he’s well on his way! He just needs a little more time and some very specialized care to grow a little bit bigger and stronger so he can join his loving family at his own home!