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12 images that will change the way you see the world after viewing them

12 images that will change the way you see the world after viewing them

A picture speaks a thousand words. And some pictures can move you more than others. Below are some selections that can definitely rethink the meaning of life

The child playing violin in his teacher’s funeral, whom helped him escape poverty and violence through music

child playing violin

    A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994

    Solider playing piano

      Image credits: drugoi.livejournal.com

      Young man just found out his brother was killed

      Sad young man

        Image credits: Nhat V. Meyer

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        A firefighter gives water to a koala

        Feeding koala

          Image credits: abc.net.au

          Solider reuniting with her daughter after her service

          reunite

            Image credits: Louie Favorite

            Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11, or known as the “The Fallen Man”

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            the fallen man

              Image credits:  Richard Drew /AP

              gypsy boy on New Year’s Eve 2006 in the gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France

              smoking kid

                Image credits: Jesco Denzel

                The dog “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero in 2011

                the waiting dog

                  Image credits: Vanderlei Almeida / Getty Images

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                  An old WW2 Russian tank veteran found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war

                  old man and the tank

                    Image credits: englishrussia.com

                    Flower power

                    flower power

                      Image credits: Bernie Boston

                      The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888

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                      stay together

                        Image credits: retronaut.com

                        Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama

                        reunite with dog

                          Image credits: Gary Cosby Jr. / AP

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                          Last Updated on June 20, 2019

                          Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                          Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                          There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                          More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                          Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                          You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                          During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                          Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                          Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                          The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                          This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                          Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                          The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                          This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                          This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                          Conclusion

                          While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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                          Featured photo credit: Lechon Kirb via unsplash.com

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