Saturday, January 29, 2011

How Rhythm does what it does . . .

It turns out (not surprisingly) that the brain "runs on rhythm." In relatively new research enabled by remarkable  technological advances we see how optimal functioning depends upon optimal communication between relevant areas--and how rhythm as generated by any number of internal and external sources appears to facilitate that integration--even in birds! When we look to design of multi-sensory and multiple-modality learning systems, it appears that you just "gotta have rhythm . . . " This suggests yet another reason why appropriate music, dance and other rhythmic pedagogical applications produce dramatic results in some contexts.

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