Lab Scans And Analyzes Sting’s Brain As Part Of Study Of Mental Music Organization

first_imgFollowing a recent show in Montreal, Sting met with Daniel Levitin, a cognitive psychologist at McGill University to have fMRI images of his brain taken as part of an ongoing study of how the brain of a skilled musician analyzes and organizes music. In a paper outlining the study published on McGill’s website, Levitin explains that he and his partners have developed imaging-analysis techniques to provide insight into how gifted individuals find connections between seemingly disparate thoughts or sounds, in fields ranging from arts, to politics, to science. “These state-of-the-art techniques really allowed us to make maps of how Sting’s brain organizes music. That’s important because at the heart of great musicianship is the ability to manipulate in one’s mind rich representations of the desired soundscape.”The research came about as a result of a mutual admiration between Sting and the McGill psychologist. Years ago, Sting read Levitin’s book This Is Your Brain On Music, and asked to meet Levitin and take a tour of his facilities, as many musicians have done over the years. While there, Levitin asked if Sting would be interested in having his brain scanned, and the musician obliged.Both functional and structural scans were conducted in a single session at the brain imaging unit of McGill’s Montreal Neurological Institute on the hot afternoon of his July 5th concert with Peter Gabriel at the Bell Centre (part of their current Rock Paper Scissors Tour). A power outage knocked the entire campus off-line for several hours, threatening to cancel the experiment. Because it takes over an hour to reboot the fMRI machine, time grew short. Sting graciously agreed to skip his soundcheck in order to accurately complete the scan.Levitin then teamed up with Scott Grafton, a leading brain-scan expert at the University of California at Santa Barbara, to use two novel techniques to analyze the scans. The techniques showed which songs Sting found similar to one another and which ones he found dissimilar based not on tests or questionnaires, but on activations of brain regions. Says Grafton, “At the heart of these methods is the ability to test if patterns of brain activity are more alike for two similar styles of music compared to different styles. This approach has never before been considered in brain imaging experiments of music.”According to Levitin, “Sting’s brain scan pointed us to several connections between pieces of music that I know well but had never seen as related before.” The most surprising neural connection was the similarity in brain activity between Piazzolla’s “Libertango”, a tango composition, and the Beatles‘ “Girl” off 1965’s Rubber Soul. While the songs differ greatly in sound and genre, both pieces are in minor keys and include similar melodic motifs. Another example of similar neurological responses to seemingly different songs was Sting’s own “Moon Over Bourbon Street” and Booker T. and the MG‘s “Green Onions”, both of which have the same 132 bpm tempo and a swinging rhythm. While more information is needed to draw any scientific conclusions, these tests provide insight into the connecting factors between different kinds of music in terms of how they are received and processed by the mind of a musician.[via McGill University]last_img read more

Candoni local found dead

first_imgHis father, Felipe, said that Lovel had attempted his life twice already prior to the incident. Officers of the Candoni municipal policestation ruled out foul play in the incident./PN The 28-year-old resident Lovel Libo-onwas believed to have committed suicide, police said. BACOLOD City – He was found after hereportedly jumped off the Payuan Bridge in Barangay Poblacion East, Candoni,Negros Occidental. Libo-on’s lifeless body was discoveredby Joseph Ocampo around 7 a.m. on Feb. 17, police added.last_img read more

Cricket News Toxic Air, Shakib Al Hasan Ban Dominates India Vs Bangladesh T20I Build-Up

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Not a ball has been bowled in the India vs Bangladesh series but already there has been plenty of action. Off the field that is. Sourav Ganguly’s elevation as BCCI president, a historic announcement of a Pink Ball Test at the Eden Gardens, the ban on Bangladesh superstar Shakib Al Hasan and finally the ‘Airpocalypse’ that Delhi is witnessing. The venue for the first match at the Arun Jaitley stadium has been under the scanner due to the severe pollution levels that have gripped Delhi-NCR after the end of Diwali. Bangladesh players were seen playing with a mask while India’s players had no problem. However, the Bangladesh players may not be masking the anguish that they will feel with the loss of Shakib. The all-rounder, one of the best in the world, contributes runs, wickets and leadership skills in abundance. Take him out of the equation and Bangladesh will be facing an uphill task. They have never won a Test or a Twenty20 International against India anywhere and with Shakib’s absence, the streak might unfortunately continue unless they play inspired cricket. For India, it is a chance to fine-tune their Twenty20 preparations after a dominant performance in the Tests against South Africa. It must be remembered that against the Proteas, the Twenty20 series ended 1-1 but they hold the psychological edge against Bangladesh, whom they have defeated in all eight Twenty20 Internationals. Be it the Nidhas Trophy of 2018, the Asia Cup of 2016 or in the World T20, India have always hurt Bangladesh in a big way psychologically. This series gives them a chance to further continue building their momentum.Team NewsThe series will be an opportunity for Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube, Shardul Thakur and Rajasthan’s Deepak Chahar to show what they bring to the table. There are still around 20 matches that India will play before next year’s World T20 in Australia but the Indian team management has said that it would prefer to identify the core of the team without much tinkering. It is time for these youngsters, including spin all-rounder Washington Sundar, to make a case for themselves. Dube’s selection in the playing XI will rule out both Manish Pandey and Sanju Samson because the remaining slots are likely to be taken by Yuzvendra Chahal, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Washington Sundar.Also Read | Shakib Al Hasan Appeals For Calm, Patience From Bangladesh Fans As He Opens Up On ICC SuspensionFor Bangladesh, they will struggle to fill the Shakib-sized hole that is in the team. With Tamim Iqbal also not available, the batting and bowling have taken a hit. Mahmudullah, their skipper will be the mainstay and the onus will also be on Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim and Soumya Sarker to deliver the goods.Pitch and weather conditionsSmog! Smog! Smog! The weather in Delhi is currently severe due to the pollution. It will be a miracle if no player falls ill during the course of the match. The pitch in Delhi is traditionally a slow, low turner which will give assistance to the spinners. A total in excess of 160 could be match-winning here.StatsIndia have won all eight of their Twenty20 Internationals against Bangladesh. Both teams have played in India only once and it was an absolute thriller, with India winning by one run after Bangladesh spectacularly choked in the 2016 World T20 clash in Bangalore when they needed two runs off three balls with three wickets in hand.last_img read more

Gervinho closing on Roma move

first_imgArsenal expect Luis Suarez to tell Liverpool he wants to leave and so force through a move to the Emirates Stadium.Brendan Rodgers has told Arsenal to put up or shut up after dismissing Arsenal’s latest bid.Manchester United used their Twitter account to give a graphic indication of their desire to keep hold of Wayne Rooney.Arsenal’s Gervinho is on the verge of joining Roma, while the Gunners are in pole position to sign QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar.Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas was fuming after Jan Vertonghen was crocked on a mudheap pitch in Hong Kong.Manuel Pellegrini claims Manchester City have the best strike force in the country after a £40-million splurge on new forwards last week. David Moyes knows he has a lot to learn after taking the Manchester United job.FA chiefs have yet to draw up a shortlist for the England Under-21 manager’s job.last_img read more