Researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center evaluated the association between musical instrumental participation and cognitive ageing. Seventy healthy adults (ages 60–83) varying in musical activity – non-musicians, low and high activity musicians – completed a comprehensive series of neuropsychological tests. The results of this preliminary study revealed that participants with at least 10 years of musical experience had better performance in nonverbal memory, naming, and executive processes in advanced age relative to non-musicians.
This reinforces other research carried out by the Rotman Institute in Canada.
APA PsycNET: http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2011-06927-001/
American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/neu-25-3-378.pdf
National Center for Biotechnology Information: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21463047
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