Training in musical improvisation may teach your brain to think differently

Skilled improvisers were better than musicians with limited improvisational experience at distinguishing between chords that can be used interchangeably in a piece of music and those that cannot, a new study finds. The results suggest that musical improvisation, like so many other skills, improves with practice as the brain learns to categorize musical structures in […]

Mighty mitochondria flex their DNA power to help nucleus run the cell

Researchers discovered humble mitochondria are sometimes boss over the cell nucleus. They send DNA-coded instructions to make the nucleus respond when the cell is under duress. That’s new, as the nucleus was always thought to issue orders to cell members. The breakthrough helps explain intracellular communication, as communication breakdown leads to human diseases such as […]