Music for brain health

Could learning to play a new instrument help you to improve your brain and listening skills?

by Psychologies

Play a musical instrument? It could help protect your brain health and listening skills, reveals a new study.

It found that learning the exact movements needed to play the correct sound on an instrument changes the brain’s perception of that sound.

This isn’t the case when we just listen to music, but playing an instrument heightens the hearing, movement and perception systems in our brain to work in sync, improving its health.

The study said: 'The results support the rapid integration of a feedforward model during perception and provide a neurophysiological basis for the application of music making in motor rehabilitation training.'

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