Musical children likely to be better with words too

SUMMARY:

A study by Northwestern University, led by Dr Nina Kraus, found that musical ability is biologically linked to literacy. Children – aged between 8 and 13 – who performed well in reading tests were also good at discerning rhythm and tone, and they also did better than average in tests of verbal memory. Music skill accounted for 38 per cent of the variation in reading ability between children, and the study showed that literacy and musical aptitude shared a common origin in the brain. Dr Kraus said: “These results add weight to the argument that music and reading are related via common neural and cognitive mechanisms and suggests a mechanism for the improvements in literacy seen with musical training.”

SOURCE:

The Scotsman: http://www.scotsman.com/news/education/musical_children_likely_to_be_better_with_words_too_researchers_find_1_1914136

DETAILS:

BENEFIT: Literacy
TARGET GROUP: Young people
AGE: 8-13 years
MUSIC TYPE: General
TYPE OF STUDY: Academic research
NOs INVOLVED: 42
PERIOD OF STUDY: Unknown
DATE: 2011
PLACE: United States

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