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Music Lessons Boost Brainpower

Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 09:33 AM


Here’s another reason for parents to spring for their kids’ music lessons: New research has found even a little musical training in childhood goes a long way to boosting brainpower in adulthood.
The findings, by Northwestern University, indicate practicing music for only few years in childhood helps improve how the brain functions later in life, particularly when it comes to listening and the complex processing of sound – both of which are keys to learning.
"Musical training as children makes better listeners later in life," said researcher Nina Kraus, a professor of neurobiology, physiology and communication sciences at Northwestern. "Based on what we already know about the ways that music helps shape the brain...the study suggests that short-term music lessons may enhance lifelong listening and learning."
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Many studies over the past decade have deepened scientists’ understanding of music’s impact on the brain. The Northwestern study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, sought to examine something prior research has not addressed: what happens after children stop playing a musical instrument after only a few years – a common childhood experience.
Compared to peers with no musical training, adults with one to five years of musical training as children had enhanced brain responses to complex sounds, the researchers found.
"We help address a question on every parent's mind: 'Will my child benefit if she plays music for a short while but then quits training?'" Kraus said.
She said the research findings may inform the development of effective and long-lasting auditory-based educational and rehabilitative programs.
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