Playing Guitar Boosts Brain Power, Research Finds

artist: Misc date: 06/20/2014 category: entertainment

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Playing Guitar Boosts Brain Power, Research Finds
A new study conducted at Boston Children's Hospital has drawn an interesting conclusion, claiming that mastering a musical instrument at a young age results in brainpower improvement for life.

As Daily Mail reports, researchers found that children who underwent musical training, guitar lessons included, were better at processing and retaining information, as well as problem solving in general.

"Since executive functioning is a strong predictor of academic achievement, even more than IQ, we think our findings have strong educational implications," said head of research Nadine Gaab.

The study was conducted through functional MRI brain scans performed on a group of 15 musically trained nine to 12-year-olds and 12 untrained kids of the same age.

Similarly, two groups of 15 adults were compared, featuring professional musicians on one side and non-musicians on the other.

The groups were matched in terms of IQ and have underwent a series of cognitive tests and brain scans. Ultimately, they've gathered similar data for the research teams, confirming that musically trained individuals have an enhanced brain power.

"Our results may also have implications for children and adults who are struggling with executive functioning, such as children with ADHD or [the] elderly," Gaab added. "Future studies have to determine whether music may be utilized as a therapeutic intervention tools for these children and adults."
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