RE: Meditation / Sports / Music and attention span

Subject: RE: Meditation / Sports / Music and attention span
From: Eldad Tsabary (
Date: Sat Nov 19 2005 - 14:25:08 EST

If music performance thickens the cortex in the areas of our brain related
to attention and attention span (as does meditation and sports) do we not
lose this important aspect of performance as composers of musique concrete,
acousmatic works, EA (not EA sports) or any other form of performance
without live components? I am not suggesting we certainly do.- often I feel
in a state similar to meditation in such concerts - as listener or as
composer. But creating such music I find not to be as demanding in
unbending attention as does practicing an instrument for example.

[] On Behalf Of Ryan Supak
Sent: November 19, 2005 12:12 PM
Subject: Re: Meditation / Sports / Music and attention span
Yep --

It's always unsurprising to me when science corroborates something people
have known intuitively all along.

On 11/19/05, Eldad Tsabary <> wrote:
A new research done at University of Kentucky in Lexington shows that
meditation increases your performance. MRI tests done at the Massachusetts
General Hospital in Boston shows that meditation increases the thickness of
the cortex in areas of the brain involved in attention and sensory
processing, such as the prefrontal cortex and the right anterior insula.

The finding is in line with studies showing that accomplished musicians,
athletes and linguists all have thickening in relevant areas of the cortex.

Item on the New Scientist:



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