Dr. Nina Kraus leads a diverse team of researchers and clinicians at The Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory (Brainvolts) as they investigate the way brains process sounds, finding that auditory ability is a strong indicator of brain health.
Brainvolts has discovered how to measure the biology of auditory processing with unprecedented precision. Together they extend science beyond the laboratory to schools, community centers, and clinics.
Using the principles of neuroscience to improve human communication, the Brainvolts team advocates for best practices in education, health, and social policy.
The benefits of music are wide-ranging and well documented. From teaching empathy and improving memory and concentration, to helping track time and easing emotions, music can change the life of a child with ADHD. Here, learn how lyrics, rhythm, melody, and tempo work their magic.
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Over the past 20 years, many people have helped to shape Interactive Metronome, and this month, we want to showcase some of the women who have worked to understand IM’s efficacy as a therapeutic modality for rehab & therapy professionals around the world!
In this first study of its kind, Bonacina et al. provide evidence for how rhythmic skills interconnect and develop in school-age children. Of particular interest is the finding that children who clapped to a beat during the Interactive Metronome (IM) condition, while receiving feedback for millisecond timing, demonstrated the least variability in their synchronization and performed better on all of the other rhythm activities evaluated. Rhythm is complicated, there are several rhythm intelligences, and IM alone impacts all of the vital rhythms that are so important to the development of language and literacy.
We often get asked how long does it take to start seeing results with Interactive Metronome? The short answer is—it depends. It depends on age, diagnosis, deficits being treated and many other factors, bottom line, gains with IM vary from person to person. What we can tell you is where to start with training your clients by providing you a suggested minimum dosage for IM.
We perceive sound via the audio-vocal loop. Then, we analyze it, assimilate it, and continuously adjust in response to it. This process relies upon auditory discrimination, phonological awareness, and rhythm. Forbrain®, an altered auditory feedback (AAF) device, takes advantage of this audio-vocal loop & heightens a user’s perception of his own voice & speech through bone conduction headphones that are equipped with a high sensitivity microphone. As the user talks into the microphone, a patented electronic dynamic filter blocks out environmental noise & amplifies the user’s voice, enhancing long vowels and other sounds that are the building blocks of language.
We are excited to announce, IM Provider and November 2015 Provider of the Month, Dr. Michael Bagnell, will be presenting at this year’s ISCN conference in Orlando, FL. Dr. Bagnell and his colleagues, Hannah Irons and Susan Esposito from Life University, will be discussing the results from their study, Effects of Interactive Metronome® on balance and stability indexes of a 77-year –old female”.
Mature brains exploit feedback when keeping a beat Clapping along with a metronome is a deceptively simple task that requires the integration of multiple neural systems. Incorporating visual cues to[...]
Published September 11, 2016 in the Brain and Language Journal, researchers from Northwestern University looked at how auditory, visual and motor maturity can be identified within these various systems utilizing synchronous modalities such as Interactive Metronome®.