Wednesday, 28 Oct, 2009 Science

Playing Music Changes the Brain's Anatomy, Making You Smarter


Scientists claim that playing music regularly alters the anatomy of the brain as well as its functions. They say that by playing a musical instrument it is possible to improve a person's cognitive skills.

It is worth mentioning that previous studies found that musicians have different brains compared to people who don't play music. In fact, the brains of musicians are both structurally and functionally different. Scientists say that by simply starting to play a certain musical instrument can bring changes to the neurophysiology of the brain.

Researchers from the Faculty of 1000 Medicine, and Lutz Jancke in particular, suggests applying music in neuropsychological therapy. Thus it would be possible to considerably improve language skills, memory, or mood.

The areas in the brain that play a role in music processing are also used to process other tasks, for example memory or language skills. Lutz Jancke wrote a review for Faculty of 1000 Biology Reports, which is an online publication where leading scientists focus on recent developments in their field. In his review he says: "If music has such a strong influence on brain plasticity, this raises the question of whether this effect can be used to enhance cognitive performance."

The scientist considers that it is worth expanding in the field. "Hopefully, the current trend in the use of musicians as a model for brain plasticity will continue ... and extend to the field of neuropsychological rehabilitation," he says. Read more at Faculty of 1000 Biology.

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