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A few years of early musical training benefits the brain later in life

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Posted in Science on 9th Nov, 2013 11:30 PM by AlexMuller

Older adults who took music lessons as children but haven’t actively played an instrument in decades have a faster brain response to a speech sound than individuals who never played an instrument, according to a  new study by Northwestern University researchers.

 
They found that the more years study participants spent playing instruments as youth, the faster their brains responded to a speech sound.
 
As people grow older, they often experience changes in the brain that compromise hearing. For instance, the brains of older adults show a slower response to fast-changing sounds, which is important for interpreting speech.
 
For the study, 44 healthy adults, ages 55-76, listened to a synthesized speech syllable (“da”) while researchers measured electrical activity in the auditory brainstem. This region of the brain processes sound and is a hub for cognitive, sensory, and reward information.
 
The researchers discovered that, despite none of the study participants having played an instrument in nearly 40 years, the participants who completed 4–14 years of music training early in life had the fastest response to the speech sound (on the order of a millisecond faster than those without music training).

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-10
+2
Interesting study, would be good to include more than 44 healthy adults Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-10
+1
It would also be interesting to see if this hold for 75-90 age group
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-10
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75-90 age group would be a good target Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-10
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It is interesting that the brains of older adults show a slower response to fast-changing sounds Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-10
+1
Music must stay an important subject in our curriculum
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-10
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It is nice to know that something so enjoyable as music is also good for you Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-10
+0
More we use the brain, it gets better Reply


 

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