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8 Surprisingly Effective Hacks For Getting That Negative Voice Out Of Your Head

Most of us are familiar with that negative voice in our head: The one that tells us we aren't good enough, that we should stop trying, that we aren't …

How Do Psychologists Define Attention?

Attention is a concept studied in cognitive psychology that refers to how we actively process specific information in our environment. As you are …

The Breathing Technique a Navy SEAL Uses to Stay Calm and Focused

Breathing is a unique process in the human body. Unlike, for example, digestion, breathing has both an involuntary control mechanism as well as …

Meditation

How Athletes Train Their Minds for the Olympics

During the women’s downhill race on Wednesday, Bode Miller, who has been an NBC color commentator for the alpine ski events at this Olympics, offered some insight on the mental toll of his former profession.<p>“Everyone says that the pitcher’s mound is the loneliest place in sports. I would say the …

Self-confidence

How language is processed by your brain

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you read a sentence (such as this one) about kicking a ball, neurons related to the motor function of your leg and foot will be activated in your brain. Similarly, if you talk about cooking garlic, neurons associated with smelling will fire up. Since it is almost impossible to do or …

Language Learning

7 Amazing Things Science Has Discovered About Music This Year So Far

Humans have been making music since the beginning of time.<p>More recently, science has helped us start to understand it — everything from how its waves …

The art of overcoming stage fright

Performance anxiety doesn’t just hold you back – it’s contagious. Sara Solovitch learns how to deal with hers<p>A few weeks ago I was due to play the first movement of Beethoven’s “Tempest” Sonata at my piano teacher’s student recital. I had worked on the piece for months. Sitting in my teacher’s …

Piano

Science Discovers Why Some People Are Motivated to Succeed While Others Aren't

People who seem naturally motivated really are. If you're not, you can motivate yourself.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are mornings when I look over my to-do-list and just keep staring blankly at it. Instead of getting to work, I keep checking my inbox, news …

Neuroscience

The Secret Life of 'Um'

How filler words and tiny pauses keep conversations from going off the rails<p>When one person asks another a question, it takes an average of 200 milliseconds for them to respond. This is so fast that we can’t even hear the pause. In fact, it’s faster than our brains actually work. It takes the brain …

Demonstration

Neuroscientists have identified how exactly a deep breath changes your mind

Breathing is traditionally thought of as an automatic process driven by the brainstem—the part of the brain controlling such life-sustaining functions as heartbeat and sleeping patterns. But new and unique research, involving recordings made directly from within the brains of humans undergoing …

The Brain

How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity

“Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout.”<p><i>“Each note rubs the others just right, and the instrument shivers with delight. The feeling is unmistakable, intoxicating,”</i> musician Glenn Kurtz wrote in his sublime meditation on the pleasures of practicing, adding: <i>“My attention</i> …

The Resonant Human: The Science of How Tempo Affects Us

Image courtesy of Flickr user Derek Gavey.<p>You’re walking along, enjoying some of your favorite music on a pair of headphones, when all of a sudden …

How To Practice Effectively, According To Science

Practice is a physical activity, of course, but it's also hard mental work — if you're doing it right. A new video published by TED Ed gets down to the scientific nitty-gritty of what good practice looks like, and what it does to your brain. (Think axons and myelin, not "muscle memory" — muscles …

Central Nervous System

Classical voice types | A dictionary of singers | Classical

Rating:<p>How do you cast an opera? Mostly by voice – but which voice? If you’re casting Siegmund in <i>Die Walküre</i>, you’re obviously looking for a tenor; …

Why do stars like Adele keep losing their voice?

More and more singers are cancelling big shows and turning to surgery to fix their damaged vocal cords. But is the problem actually down to the way they sing? By Bernhard Warner<p>“I don’t even know how to start this,” Adele wrote in an online letter to fans on 30 June. The previous night, she had …

Flute

Why Do the Blues Feel So Good?

Broke, broken hearted, or betrayed? Don't fret, there's a blues song for every hardship in life. But did you know that <i>singing the blues is actually</i> …

Electric Guitar

Albert Murray, Philosopher of Jazz

Someone forgot to tell Albert Murray that progress has disenchanted our world. Or rather Murray—writer, thinker, and philosopher of the blues—never …

Depression and Low Self-Esteem Linked To Believing Life Is Fair

By<p>Jun 20 2017, 1:02 PM<p>Believing life is fair leads to lower self-esteem and worse behavior in children, a new study suggests. The findings, published …

Psychology

Trade Secrets: How opera singers take care of their voices — News — Royal Opera House

<b>How does an opera singer produce that sound?</b><p>Singing is a more athletic, energetic and elite form of speech. The voice is a wonderful, mysterious …

Core Stability for Performing Artists

We often hear the terms ‘<i>engage your core</i>’ or ‘<i>use those core muscles</i>’ in the performing arts world but just what is ‘<i>the core</i>’ and how do we use …

The voice of God: life inside the pope's choir

I am a member of the oldest choir in the world. As early as the 5th and 6th centuries there are records of singers being part of the papal entourage, today, some 1,500 years later, the role of the Sistine Chapel choir (officially, the Cappella Musicale Pontificia) remains the same, namely, to sing …

Flute

The Secrets to Pedaling Beautifully

by Frances Wilson | December 6th, 2016<p><b>“The more I play, the more I am convinced the pedal is the soul of the pianoforte!”</b> <i><br>Arthur Rubinstein</i><p><b>“….abusing</b> …

Piano

'It's A Playground': Meryl Streep On Acting With Abandon

Meryl Streep works hard to sing badly in her new film, <i>Florence Foster Jenkins.</i> In it, she plays the title character, based on an actual heiress and socialite born in 1868, who devoted her life to music — despite the fact that she had a squeaky, screechy singing voice.<p>Streep tells <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Terry …

Flute

Listen: How does an opera singer’s voice actually work?

Vocal coach, Paul Farrington, and JPYA, David Junghoon Kim, at the Exploring the Voice Insight © ROH 2016. Photograph by Brian SlaterEver wondered …

Opera

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Research Reveals 5 Powerful Rituals That Will Make You Resilient

Every now and then, life punches below the belt. How can you be resilient when times get tough and you feel bad?There are all kinds of strategies for …

Self-help