The Correlation Between Music and Math: A Neurobiology Perspective

Smart Baby at CollegeIn 2008 Cindy Zahn wrote a paper titled, The Correlation Between Music and Math: A Neurobiology Perspective.

Here is an excerpt from this well researched and nicely written article that shows the connection between listening, or being taught music, at a young age and developing an aptitude for math:

“It turns out that there is much evidence that supports the positive effects of music on one’s ability to do math. Most research shows that when children are trained in music at a young age, they tend to improve in their math skills. The surprising thing in this research is not that music as a whole is enhancing math skills. It is certain aspects of music that are affecting mathematics ability in a big way. Studies done mostly in children of young age show that their academic performance increases after a certain period of music education and training. One particular study published in the journal ‘Nature’ showed that when groups of first graders were given music instruction that emphasized sequential skill development and musical games involving rhythm and pitch, after six months, the students scored significantly better in math than students in groups that received traditional music instruction.”

Read more from this paper at Serendip Studio –  http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1869 .

An online “digital ecosystem” for exploring a range of subjects in an open format, Serendip Studio is maintained by Bryn Mawr College students  and professors.

Pregnancy Health

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Pickles and ice cream? Wasn't that one of the standard jokes about what pregnant women wanted to eat in the middle of the night, driving their husbands crazy, going to the store for Blueberry and Cookie Dough Ice Cream? 🙂

Here may be some sounder advice for those moments of hunger.

“For some women, pregnancy may seem like a perfect time to eat whatever they want. While it is true that you are “eating for two” it is also a time for you to be very conscious about the nutritional quality of what you are eating. After all, you are providing the building blocks for a new little person, and you want that little one to be healthy. Also you need to be healthy to care for your new little one”….More at A Dozen Ways to Eat Your Way Through a Healthy Pregnancy | The

 

And here some more information about the many changes that occur when you begin the fascinating journey to motherhood.

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And don't forget the baby. Play beautiful music to your little one with the soft. elegant Bellysonic Music Player Pouch and get some free MP3 downloads at http://www.bellysonic.com/get-bellysonic-discount.html

Lullaby by "Life is My Soundtrack"


It’s not everyday you can find that ideal music for helping babies sleep, but we think we’ve discovered one with Lullaby by Christopher Bright’s Life is My Soundtrack.

Christopher specializes in creating moving ambient melodies and cinematic soundscapes that help people of all ages get present and calm.

His music just seems like the right fluid combination of notes to help you or your child wind down. As the brand name of his recordings suggests, his melodies also harmonize well with real life situations.

The end result is a beautiful, mellow state of mind to help an adult or baby sleep better.

All of Christopher’s music can be listened to before you decide to download his individual tracks or complete albums. Check back soon for download codes to get discounts on Lullaby and other Life is My Soundtrack albums.

Soothing a Kicking Baby in The Womb

Answers about Soothing a Kicking BabyHere is a question that was posted on Yahoo! Answers awhile back that is very interesting since more than one answer had to do with using music. And as you know, we promote the Bellysonic Prenatal Music Player which is all about getting soothing music to your baby…and to you, too!

Question:

In the womb (28 weeks) – what soothes baby and what excites them?
Music – what music typically soothes a baby and what stimulates them to kick more? I don’t seem to be noticing a clear pattern except when I stop music, she seems to kick more.

Talking – How does baby typically respond when you talk to him/her?

Emotions – can baby feel my emotions? How does baby react to your angry moments, relaxed moments, excited moments?

Touching stomach – will touching my stomach most likely sooth her or stimulate her to kick more? Has this soothed your baby or made her more excitable?

Two of the answers were to play classical music which has long been known to have therapeutic effects on all humans, fetuses and adults alike.
Here is one of the most beautiful ones we’ve heard: Mozart Before You Were Born which provides your baby with some of the best classical music there is.

And a great way to get that music to the baby is through the Bellysonic
Music for the Womb Delivery System.

After you’ve used classical music to help soothe your baby, let us know your experiences. We love to hear from our readers!

Free Music Downloads from Bellysonic

Mp3 Player for DownloadsIf you haven’t heard about this yet, you’re missing out!

At the link below you can sign up to be on an Exclusive Subscriber list that gets you free music downloads for your Bellysonic pre-natal music player.

If you don’t have a Bellysonic yet, don’t worry, you can still download them to your favorite MP3 player.

Here’s the link to Special Offers and Downloads

Enjoy and when you’ve listened to the music, write a comment below and let us know what you liked best.

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How to Get in Shape After Your Pregnancy

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One of the great things about blogging is that you get to write about what you want and about who you want. You can educate, entertain, enlighten your readers; or you can go on your favorite rant. And nobody can stop you!

You can also promote people who you think are doing a good job of whatever they are doing and today is no exception.

Workout Videos for after Your Pregnancy

All women who have had children know that getting back into shape after a pregnancy can be a big challenge. A woman’s body goes through lots of changes and it takes awhile to get it looking like it did before the whole process began. And, if you weren’t in such good shape before the pregnancy, it’ll be harder yet.

You know that doing some workouts is probably the answer, but you have to figure out how. Gyms can be expensive and maybe there’s not one close to you. Working out alone isn’t much fun and it takes a lot of motivation to do it anyway. Time is also a bit shorter. There is feeding, changing, entertaining and just being a new Mom time.
So, what’s a girl to do? How about bringing the gym and the instructor to you? How about having the workout when you want it without leaving the house? And how about for less than the price of a bottle of good wine! (Yes, now that you have had the baby, you can have a glass of wine now and then!)

Easy Workout Downloads

That’s what Workouts on Demand do for you. They offer downloadable workout videos that you can watch on your PC or loop through your TV. There is a whole range of them and you will find one that fits you. If you need help, just drop them an email and they will steer you in the right direction.

If you don’t want to download, they offer streaming videos as well. And if you “Like” them on Facebook, you can get one for free!

Check out this sample video that is ideal for post pregnancy workouts:
http://www.workoutsondemand.com/workouts_low_impact_aerobics.htm

Low Impact Aerobics – Great for Post Pregnancy Workouts

Here is how Workouts on Demand describes low impact aerobics on their blog, if you don’t know what they are:

What is Low Impact Workouts?

It is usually defined as cardiovascular activities during which one foot is always in contact with the ground. While they can include aerobic and anaerobic exercises, the term is typically applied to aerobic programs which are designed to increase the heart rate and burn calories while avoiding unnecessary impact on muscles, joints, and bones. From power walking to yoga to exercise videos, they are available in a variety of formats. While they may vary in intensity, they undoubtedly offer an array of specific health benefits.

Now, there’s no excuse for not getting in shape after your pregnancy!