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  • medit8ionsociety
    This may be a scam to sell CD s or some similar thing, but I found it interesting if true..... ... Newswise — Every brain has a soundtrack. Its tempo and
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 28, 2009
      This may be a scam to sell CD's or some similar
      thing, but I found it interesting if true.....
      Newswise — Every brain has a soundtrack. Its
      tempo and tone will vary, depending on mood,
      frame of mind, and other features of the brain
      itself. When that soundtrack is recorded and
      played back -- to an emergency responder, or
      a firefighter -- it may sharpen their reflexes
      during a crisis, and calm their nerves afterward.

      Over the past decade, the influence of music
      on cognitive development, learning, and emotional
      well-being has emerged as a hot field of
      scientific study. To explore music's potential
      relevance to emergency response, the Dept of
      Homeland Security's Science & Technology
      Directorate (S&T) has begun a study into a
      form of neurotraining called "Brain Music" that
      uses music created in advance from listeners'
      own brain waves to help them deal with common
      ailments like insomnia, fatigue, and headaches
      stemming from stressful environments. The concept
      of Brain Music is to use the frequency, amplitude,
      and duration of musical sounds to move the brain
      from an anxious state to a more relaxed state.

      "Strain comes with an emergency response job, so
      we are interested in finding ways to help these
      workers remain at the top of their game when working
      and get quality rest when they go off a shift,"
      said S&T Program Manager Robert Burns. "Our goal
      is to find new ways to help first responders perform
      at the highest level possible, without increasing
      tasks, training, or stress levels."

      If the brain "composes" the music, the first job
      of scientists is to take down the notes, and that
      is exactly what Human Bionics LLC of Purcellville,
      VA does. Each recording is converted into two unique
      musical compositions designed to trigger the body's
      natural responses, for example, by improving
      productivity while at work, or helping adjust to
      constantly changing work hours.

      The compositions are clinically shown to promote
      one of two mental states in each individual: relaxation –
      for reduced stress and improved sleep; and alertness –
      for improved concentration and decision-making.
      Each 2-6 minute track is a composition performed on
      a single instrument, usually a piano. The relaxation
      track may sound like a "melodic, subdued Chopin
      sonata," while the alertness track may have "more
      of a Mozart sound," says Burns. (It seems there's
      a classical genius—or maybe two genii—in all of us.
      Listen to an instrumental alert track at www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/multimedia/snapshots/st_brain_music_active.mp3.

      After their brain waves are set to music, each
      person is given a specific listening schedule,
      personalized to their work environment and needs.
      If used properly, the music can boost productivity
      and energy levels, or trigger a body's natural
      responses to stress.

      The music created by Human Bionics LLC is being
      tested as part of the S&T Readiness Optimization
      Program (ROP), a wellness program that combines
      nutrition education and neurotraining to evaluate
      a cross population of first responders, including
      federal agents, police, and firefighters. A selected
      group of local area firefighters will be the first
      emergency responders taking part in the project.

      The Brain Music component of the ROP is derived
      from patented technology developed at Moscow
      University to use brain waves as a feedback
      mechanism to correct physiological conditions.

      In British philosopher John Locke's terms, Brain
      Music brings new meaning to his famous phrase: "A
      sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full
      description of a happy state in this World."

      And then there's always Cervantes, who coined,
      "He who sings scares away his woes."
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