Bookmarks for October 19th from 12:10 to 12:35

by danhon

This is an auto-posted collection of my public links posted to Pinboard.in for October 19th from 12:10 to 12:35:

  • Stet, a gorgeous, intricate, tiny story of sociopathic automotive vehicles / Boing Boing
  • STET
  • Piano training enhances the neural processing of pitch and improves speech perception in Mandarin-speaking children | PNAS – Musical training is beneficial to speech processing, but this transfer’s underlying brain mechanisms are unclear. Using pseudorandomized group assignments with 74 4- to 5-year-old Mandarin-speaking children, we showed that, relative to an active control group which underwent reading training and a no-contact control group, piano training uniquely enhanced cortical responses to pitch changes in music and speech (as lexical tones). These neural enhancements further generalized to early literacy skills: Compared with the controls, the piano-training group also improved behaviorally in auditory word discrimination, which was correlated with their enhanced neural sensitivities to musical pitch changes. Piano training thus improves children’s common sound processing, facilitating certain aspects of language development as much as, if not more than, reading instruction.
  • The Org Chart Test – Rands in Repose
  • Backwards or forwards; Reflection for a restless mind | SB129 – I end up feeling bored by the ideas I’ve already thought, annoyed at the banality of my brain, and with this come the loss of curiosity and excitement. I want to move to new pastures, think new things and imagine a different set of possibilities. This is made worse  because I’m away from teaching and away from Goldsmiths; so the book feels like I’m making a prison for myself. A way to remain in the past.