› What Happens to your Brain when you Sing?22/Sep/2018
Singing in the shower makes your voice sound great, but is it also good for your mental health? We asked Professor Sarah Wilson from the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. You can view/hear the video at https://youtu.be/lSvY_oIIwMM or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSvY_oIIwMM&feature=youtu.be. Wilson suggests that yes, singing offers a range of neuro-protective benefits, acting as “a form of natural therapy.”
As well as activating a range of networks associated with movement, listening, planning, memory, and language, singing triggers the release of the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine. According to Wilson, the benefits of singing can be triggered by both singing and thinking about singing. So if you don’t feel comfortable breaking into song on the bus, try thinking about it instead.
On Classic FM Radio, with Matthew Lorenzon interviewing Professor Sarah Wilson. Posted Mon 13 Aug 2018, 6:02pm; Updated Fri 17 Aug 2018, 10:43am.
In a related interview on 16 August, 2018 at 6.19pm, Professor Sarah Wilson talks about Music and Neuroplasticity. Vanessa Hughes explores the intersection of music and science. In this interview she talks to Professor Sarah Wilson about the impacts of music on the brain. 5mins 59secs, Thu 16 Aug 2018, 6:19pm. You can listen to this interview at http://www.abc.net.au/classic/classic-drive/science-week-interview-sarah-wilson-music-and-neuroplasticity/10129458.