A prayer without words: The story of the wanderer

Take a journey through the maze of interpretations of one of the most famous paintings in history.

"Wanderer above the sea of fog", by Caspar David Friedrich, Wikicommons

A tale of silence, an icon of human solitude in the face of the forces of nature, or perhaps a memento of the great artist?

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Is rap music destigmatizing mental health disorders?

A new study shows that the top rap songs in the U.S. are making increasingly frequent references to depression and suicidal thoughts.

  • The most popular rap songs in the U.S. are more frequently making references to mental health problems, particularly suicide and depression.
  • A research team analyzed lyrics from the top 25 most popular rap songs released in the years 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018, examining the lyrics of artists such as Eminem, Drake, Post Malone, Lil' Wayne, Juice WRLD, Kanye West, and Jay-Z.
  • References to suicide rose from 0% to 12%, and references to depression from 16% to 32% over the last 20 years.
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How music therapy benefits the autistic brain

While the benefits of music therapy are well known, more in-depth research explores how music benefits children with autism.

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  • Music is used in many different therapies. Used in conjunction with traditional therapies, music therapy benefits us in a variety of different ways.
  • According to a 2004 study, music intervention used with children and teens with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) can improve their social behaviors, increase focus and attention, and reduce their anxiety and improve body awareness.
  • Various music therapy activities and tools can be used to help improve the quality of life of children with autism.
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Get the many health benefits of playing the piano—by learning to play online

Regardless of your age, incorporate the piano into your life for better health.

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The fastest drummer in the world is a cyborg

An accident left this musician with one arm. Now he is helping create future tech for others with disabilities.

  • Meet the world's first bionic drummer. Rock musician Jason Barnes lost his arm in a terrible accident... and then he became the fastest drummer in the world.
  • With the help of Gil Weinberg, a Georgia Tech professor and inventor of musical robots, the pair utilized electromyography and ultrasound technology to break musical records.
  • Weinberg and Barnes hope to perfect the technology so that it can one day be used to help other people with disabilities realize that "they're not only not disabled, they're actually super-able."
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