Researchers in Germany have found that a rhythm-based music programme helped pre-school children control one of their executive functions: their impulsive responses.
The results of a new study in the USA suggests that musical training can improve a person’s ability to solve problems and think in an abstract way.
Another study has revealed a biological link between early music training and improved executive functioning in children and adults. The controlled study by researchers from the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital used functional MRI brain imaging to show the connection. Executive functions are the high-level cognitive processes that enable people to quickly process and retain information, regulate their behaviours, make good choices, solve problems, plan and adjust to changing mental demands.