No such differences were found for visual memory skills. “The more music training during childhood, the better the verbal memory,” says researcher Agnes S. Chan, PhD, a psychologist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and colleagues. “This strongly implies that the better verbal memory in children with music training is not simply a matter of differences in age, education level, or their family’s socioeconomic characteristics.” Lasting Benefits of Music Lessons In a second experiment, researchers followed up a year later with the 45 orchestra students. Nine had dropped out less than three months after the initial study, and 17 new students had begun music training.
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Social and health benefits of music lessons for children
“These findings confirm that the investments that we make in our brains early in life continue to pay dividends years later.” And people could stand to benefit from starting music lessons at a very young age, according to another study in the Journal of Neuroscience. That research, conducted by scientists from Concordia University and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University, showed that musical training before age 7 is linked with more white matter in the corpus callosum part of the brain , as well as better performance on visual sensorimotor synchronization tasks compared with people who started music training after age 7. Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow Eases Anxiety In Cancer Patients Researchers from Drexel University found that cancer patients who either listened to music or worked with a music therapist experienced a reduction in anxiety. The review by the Cochrane Collaboration included 1,891 people with cancer, and found that people who participated in music somehow not only had decreased anxiety, but also better blood pressure levels and improved moods, HealthDay reported. Reduces Stress If you listen to your iPod every day on your way to work or break out the guitar every evening, then you’ll like this finding.
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Childhood Music Lessons Could Benefit Your Brain Later On
Improves sensitivity to emotion in speech. Improves coordination and movement skills. Boosts self-esteem . We also know that schooling raises IQ, and it may be that music training is enough of a school-like activity to do the same, E. Glenn Schellenberg, PhD, who studied the mental benefits of music lessons for children, said in a statement.
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