Thursday, November 3, 2011

 Ø  The Museum of Photographic Arts  (MoPA)  presents:
 November 5th, 2011 1:00pm
American Sign Language Interpreted Tour
- A tour of the recently opened exhibition, Infinite Balance: Artists and the Environment, all in ASL! 
-Free with paid admission
- Located in Balboa Park at: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1664
- Contact MOPA @: Phone  619.238.7559   Fax 619.238.8777   Email   Webpage

Ø  The Music and Neuroimaging Laboratory
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The semitone, the smallest interval used in Western music, is about 30 Hz (6%) with a 500 Hz baseline. Most people can discern intervals smaller than the semitone, but this auditory acuity varies greatly and may be improved by substantial musical training.
For more background information on music and the brain, please refer to this journal review (in PDF format):
To read more about MNL and their research, please refer to this article:
Through ongoing research, the Music and Neuroimaging Laboratory's mission is to:
·         Reveal the perceptual and cognitive aspects of music processing including the perception and memory for pitch, rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic stimuli.
·         Investigate the use of music and musical stimuli as an interventional tool for educational and therapeutic purposes.
·         Reveal the behavioral and neural correlates of learning, skill acquisition, and brain adaptation in response to changes in the environment or brain injury in the developing and adult brain.
·         Reveal the determinants and facilitators for recovery from brain injury.
Contact: Gottfried Schlaug, M.D. Ph.D.
Director, Music and Neuroimaging Laboratory, Stroke Recovery Laboratory, and Division Chief, Cerebrovascular Diseases
330 Brookline Avenue - Palmer 127, Boston, MA 02215
Ø  What’s All The Buzz About?
October 23rd, 2011
The Science section of the New York Times ran a piece titled, “A Hearing Aid That Cuts Out All the Clatter” by author John Tierney.
o   It is about composer Richard Einhorn’s discovery of hearing loop technology that enabled him to enjoy concerts and musicals once again after losing much of his hearing after age 57.
o   Words and music are transmitted to a wireless receiver in a hearing aid via hearing loop technology.
o   This technology has been around for decades, but is now making its way into more public places in the United States.
o   The Hearing Loss Association of America, the largest group representing people with hearing problems, has joined with the American Academy of Audiology in a campaign to make loops more common in the United States.
o   What is it?
§  “A hearing loop, typically installed on the floor around the periphery of a room, is a thin strand of copper wire radiating electromagnetic signals that can be picked up by a tiny receiver already built into most hearing aids and cochlear implants. When the receiver is turned on, the hearing aid receives only the sounds coming directly from a microphone, not the background cacophony.” - NY Times’ John Tierney Article
o   Where else can it be used?
§  Drive-through Windows, Bank Tellers, Subway Systems, and Airports to name a few.
o   Where can I get one?
§  HALAA directory of Manufacturers/Installers:
§  A California Hearing Loop Source:
·         Commercial, Residential, Personal, and Rental Systems 
·         3350 E 7th St., Suite 233, Long Beach, CA 90804
·         Phone: (562) 343-2862