Playing music protects memory, hearing and brain processing

SUMMARY

A study by Dr Nina Kraus’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University, showed that musicians suffer less from ageing-related memory and hearing losses than non-musicians. It is believed to be the first study to provide biological evidence that lifelong musical experience has a good impact on the ageing process. Scientific research over the years has shown that studying music has many rewards, but this new research shows that it can fine-tune the human brain, biologically and neurologically enhancing its performance and protecting it from some of the ravages of time.

SOURCES:

ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/living-longer-learning-musical-instrument-protects-brain-memory/story?id=15482696#.T73sF79ZeXw

Neurobiology of Aging, Volume 33, Issue 7, pp 1483.e1-1483.e4:

CultureCase: http://www.culturecase.org/research/2014/04/lifelong-musical-experience-can-offset-the-effects-that-ageing-has-on-the-brain/

Neurobiology of Aging: http://www.neurobiologyofaging.org/article/S0197-4580%2811%2900547-1/abstract

Research Report: http://www.brainvolts.northwestern.edu/documents/APC_SA_NK_NeuroAging_2012.pdf

DETAILS:

BENEFIT: Memory & hearing loss
TARGET GROUP: Adults
AGE: 18-65 years
MUSIC TYPE: General
TYPE OF STUDY: Academic research
NOs INVOLVED: 87
PERIOD OF STUDY: Unknown
DATE: 2012
PLACE: United States

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