(Today’s Author is Lou from MWM Kingsteignton)
Whilst enjoying a brief period of quiet time recently (hovering in the kitchen over a cuppa), I came across an interesting article on my Facebook page. Written by ‘Smart is the New Sexy’ it’s title caught my attention: “How does silence affect the Brain?”
Ooooo, I thought, that’s something I don’t experience much of in my day to day! So often there is some noise in my environment, even if it’s not bickering (for a change!) then child’s TV (Puffin Rock is a current favourite) or simply the rather blissful chatter of small children playing together. I recently overheard a poignant interaction between my two: Alice: “Leo, shall we hug each other?” Leo: “No! I don’t want to get married.” Their simple understanding of weddings stems from interest in this year’s royal celebrations, and had me chuckling!
So no, silence is not something I often enjoy, so is my brain actually being adversely affected?! I was interested to read on… and I quote… “According to research data, silence helps to reveal an individual’s potential. It helps new cells in the hippocampus to grow, these are responsible for the formation of emotions. It helps activate the brain, helps with the transfer of information from the short-term memory to the long-term one. Silence helps develop reflexes, in silence the brain moves into sorting mode, the gathering and processing of information. Silence is a natural anti-stress remedy, that we all need.”
Well, I thought, I’m not sure those claims are supported by scientific evidence, since no links to the so-called research data were given, but on the face of it, intuitively it sounds right! I suppose there is a fine line in the distinction between silence, noise and indeed music. It’s in the ear of the beholder, so to speak! I instinctively feel that exposure to music is beneficial, for both me and my children and those who come to my classes (!) but is proven scientifically? I performed a quick internet search…and yes, there are scientific papers on just this subject! Let me quote again: “Research has demonstrated that music training in children results in long-term enhancement of visual-spatial, verbal and mathematical performance.”
Yippee! I thought…and I also came across this:
“Babies Brains Benefit from Music Lessons” on www.newswise.com (article ID:589110 9th May 2012) It turns out Mum’s brain benefits from baby’s classes too, and the social aspect is very important to both.
Well, what more reason do I need to continue both taking my children along to Music with Mummy classes and running my own classes. I’ve reached the end of my first full year of running classes and looking forward to summer specials and our new theme in September. I’m also looking forward to a rest. I’ll have to try to find those little moments of silence during the summer break, most likely once my two have gone to bed for the day!
Go rest your tired brains.
Lou x x x