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Smarter people listen to instrumental music!

Those with a musical preference for Mozart and Bach may be more intelligent than people who prefer words in their music, according to Daily Mail. 

That's according to scientists who say they've found a link between brain power and instrumental music, such as classical and jazz.

More than four-hundred students were observed for the study, which took place in Croatia and was conducted by research scholars from Oxford Brookes University.

Their results showed that people with lower intellect preferred music with lyrics, rather than complex orchestrations.

Toddlers start conversations NOT mothers

Toddlers are the ones that instigate conversation with their parents, contrary to popular belief that claims mothers encourage communication, a study suggests.

Researchers found that young children not only initiate conversation more than their mums and dads, but they also choose the topics, according to Daily Mail.

Conversation is important for language development and previous studies have shown that children begin to develop the skill at a young age, researchers claim.

Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile is NOT the result of Da Vinci's model suffering from a brain disorder and she didn't have hypothyroidism as has been claimed, says medical specialist

Claims that the woman who inspired the Mona Lisa suffered from severe hypothyroidism and that her enigmatic smile was due to a muscle-brain disorder are untrue, an expert claims, according to Daily Mail.

In recent years, rheumatologists and endocrinologists examining the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci have suggested that the woman who sat for the portrait hundreds of years ago suffered skin lesions and swelling as a result of a lipid disorder and heart disease.

But Dr Michael Yafi from the University of Texas says there was likely nothing wrong her - and she would have shown more visible symptoms if she was suffering from these medical problems. 

The painting's discolouration was the most likely explanation behind her yellow skin tone and her asymmetric smile is nothing more than her enigma, he said.

And she may not even have been able to sit for the portrait at the time had she suffered from the associated symptoms of muscle weakness.

Think women can't drive as well as men? Think again! Study of professional racers finds females are genetically BETTER at dealing with the extreme conditions at the wheel

Female drivers in the world of auto-sport are genetically wired up to deal with the extreme conditions better than their male peers, according to Daily Mail.

A study found that there is no difference between the physical fitness of males and females but women, with suitable training and experience, could become faster. 

Debate over the differences in physical performance has raged for a long time as to whether women are as capable of enduring the brutal conditions at the wheel.

It also dispelled a common and unfounded myth that women are less tolerant of the high temperatures involved in Motorsport at a certain point.

Music captivates listeners and synchronizes their brainwaves

Music has the ability to captivate us; when listeners engage with music, they follow its sounds closely, connecting to what they hear in an affective and invested way. But what is it about music that keeps the audience engaged? A study by researchers from The City College of New York and the University of Arkansas charts new ground in understanding the neural responses to music, according to Science Daily.

Despite the importance, it has been difficult to study engagement with music given the limits of self-report. This led Jens Madsen and Lucas Parra, from CCNY's Grove School of Engineering, to measure the synchronization of brainwaves in an audience. When a listener is engaged with music, their neural responses are in sync with that of other listeners, thus inter-subject correlation of brainwaves is a measure of engagement.