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Music Prevents Brain Decline: Study

By    |   Monday, 02 February 2015 04:14 PM

Musical training in your younger years can prevent mental declines later in life, new research shows.

According to a new Canadian study, older adults who had musical training in their youth scored 20 percent better than their non-musician peers on speech identification tests, a measure of cognitive function.
 
According to a new Canadian study led by the Rotman Research Institute (RRI) at Baycrest Health Sciences, older adults who had musical training in their youth were 20 percent faster in identifying speech sounds than their non-musician peers on speech identification tests, a benefit that has already been observed in young people with musical training.
 
"Musical activities are an engaging form of cognitive brain training and we are now seeing robust evidence of brain plasticity from musical training not just in younger brains, but in older brains too," said Gavin Bidelman, who led the study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, which compared the abilities of 10 musicians and 10 non-musicians.
 
"In our study we were able to predict how well older people classify or identify speech using [brain] imaging. We saw a brain-behavior response that was two to three times better in the older musicians compared to non-musicians peers. In other words, old musicians' brains provide a much more detailed, clean and accurate depiction of the speech signal, which is likely why they are much more sensitive and better at understanding speech."

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