The relationship between musical activity and ageing of the brain

-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.

SOURCES:

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

DETAILS:

BENEFIT: PRESERVED COGNITIVE FUNCTIONING
TARGET GROUP: ADULTS
AGE: 60-83-YEARS-OLD
MUSIC TYPE: GENERAL
TYPE OF STUDY: ACADEMIC RESEARCH
NOs INVOLVED: 70
PERIOD OF STUDY: UNKNOWN
DATE: 2009
PLACE: USA
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