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Want to 'train your brain'? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

Very interesting article here from the Guardian here - admittedly a few years back now - on the power of learning a musical instrument.


https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/oct/24/want-to-train-your-brain-forget-apps-learn-a-musical-instrument


Four key points I took away from the article:


- Musical training can have a dramatic impact on the brain’s structure, enhancing memory, spatial reasoning and language skills


- Playing a musical instrument is a rich and complex experience that involves integrating information from the senses of vision, hearing, and touch, as well as fine movements, and learning to do so can induce long-lasting changes in the brain


- The brain areas involved in movement, hearing, and visuo-spatial abilities also appear to be larger in professional keyboard players.


- The benefits of musical training seem to persist for many years, or even decades, and the picture that emerges from this all evidence is that learning to play a musical instrument in childhood protects the brain against the development of cognitive impairment and dementia.


Ben@voicework.co


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