• Ben Lewis-Smith

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.

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.

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