How musical training in youth gives the brain a lifetime of protection

A new study by the Rotman Research Institute in Canada, led by Dr. Gavin Bidelman, suggests that music lessons taken in high school could have some seriously long-lasting effects. Researchers observed that individuals who practiced a musical instrument during their adolescence and kept it up for at least a decade exhibited better cognitive functions in older age. The reason for this seems to be that musical training has a protective effect on the brain.

SOURCES:

Medical Daily: http://www.medicaldaily.com/one-time-band-camp-how-musical-training-youth-gives-brain-lifetime-protection-320960

The Journal of Neuroscience: http://www.jneurosci.org/content/35/3/1240

BENEFIT: Cognitive function older years
TARGET GROUP: Older people
AGE: 55-75 years
MUSIC TYPE: General
TYPE OF STUDY: Academic research
NOs INVOLVED: Unknown
PERIOD OF STUDY: Unknown
DATE: 2014
PLACE: Canada
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