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April 23

HOW CAN A MACHINE IMPROVE MUSICALITY?

Neurofeedback is a system designed to improve the performance of musicians. It makes their minds clear and sends creative brain waves into their minds. This is the latest development of scientists, which improves the work of musicians by an average of 17%, according to research from the journal Neuroreport. But higher ratings were also achieved, about 50%.

The assessment was made in the following way: the students ‘ performance of the same piece was compared before using the neurofeedback technology and after.

How does neurofeedback work?

Everything is quite simple. Neurofeedback sensors are attached to the musician’s head, which monitor brain activity by filtering out incoming waves. These filtered brain waves are sent back to the person in the form of a video game on the screen and the person plays it, thereby changing some of their brain activity. Such actions just affect the performance.

Research results

The research was conducted in various places and institutions. For example, at the Royal College of Music, a neurofeedback procedure was performed among 97 students and the result was not long in coming - many areas, such as imagination, interaction with the audience and understanding of the music itself, improved significantly. A study was also conducted at Imperial College London and Charing Cross Hospital, and it turned out that this technology was previously used in the treatment of post-traumatic disorders, alcoholism, epilepsy, lack of attention and others.

The use of neurofeedback for musicians is a unique case. Many believe that the quality of songwriting by musicians is improved by reducing stress after using this technology, but this is only a small part of the wide range of opportunities that neurofeedback offers us to improve our brain activity.

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