-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.
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.