New research from the School of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at the Université de Montréal in Canada, shows that musicians respond faster to sensory stimuli than non-musicians. This, in turn, has implications for preventing the sensory decline that comes with age.
“As people get older, for example, we know their reaction times get slower. So if we know that playing a musical instrument increases reaction times, then maybe playing an instrument will be helpful for them,” said lead study researcher Simon Landry, a cognitive psychology expert from Université de Montréal.
Researchers compared the reactions times of 16 musicians (from the University’s music faculty) and 19 non-musicians (from the University’s School of Speech Language Pathology) in performing a simple test. Both groups were roughly evenly split between graduates and undergraduates.
The participants were taken to a quiet, well-lit room, with one hand on a computer mouse and the index finger of the other hand on a small box that vibrated intermittently. They were asked to click on the mouse when they heard a sound from the speakers in front of them or when the box vibrated, or both.
Researchers found that the musicians – who had started playing between the ages of 3 to 10-years-old, and had at least seven years of training – responded more rapidly compared to those with no musical training.
Université de Montréal: http://nouvelles.umontreal.ca/en/article/2017/01/06/play-an-instrument-and-stay-alert/
The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/playing-music-brain-benefits-aging_us_58765d35e4b03c8a02d4713b
The TeCake: http://tecake.in/news/health/27934-27934.html
Medical News Today: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315231.php
|BENEFIT:||BRAIN & SENSORY DEVELOPMENT|
|TARGET GROUP:||YOUNG PEOPLE & ADULTS|
|TYPE OF STUDY:||ACADEMIC RESEARCH|
|PERIOD OF STUDY:||UNKNOWN|