Brain Synchronicity and How it Applies to Musicians

DanSiegelACEP was lucky enough to have Dr. Dan Siegel as the keynote presenter at our 2012 conference. For those who don’t know him, Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. His published work has illuminated such topics as interpersonal neurobiology and a term/practice he developed called Mindsight, “a powerful lens through which we can understand our inner lives with more clarity, integrate the brain, and enhance our relationships with others.”[1] According to Dr. Siegel, there is a flow of information and energy between the minds of people, making possible integration and synchronicity between, and among, people’s brains.

The easiest way to imagine this phenomenon is through an example. A recent article in Science Daily highlights the way that musicians can synchronize their brains when playing together:

Anyone who has ever played in an orchestra will be familiar with the phenomenon: the impulse for one’s own actions does not seem to come from one’s own mind alone, but rather seems to be controlled by the coordinated activity of the group. And indeed, interbrain networks do emerge when making music together

The Max Planck Institute in Germany studied the brains of musicians when they were playing a duet and found that their brains did synch up, even when musicians were playing different notes:

The result was remarkable: When the musicians had to actively coordinate their playing, that is especially at the beginning of a sequence, the signals from frontal and central electrodes were clearly associated – not only within the head of one player, but also between the heads of the duet partners.

Studies like this give further evidence to the interbrain connections that energy psychology practitioners have posited to exist for many years.

For anyone interested in the work of Dr. Siegel, we have his keynote available for purchase:

If you would first like to get a sense of his work, check out this video:

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