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The Effects Of Playing The Piano On The Brain

Music is the most complicated sound the brain can process. But why did our brains evolve such advanced tools to create and enjoy it? Neuroscientists have been asking this time and time again. So to answer this question, there have been countless experiments to see just what happens in the human brain. It is beleived that music actually alters our brains, and engages higher level functions in the cortex that actually tune the brainstem.

So what does this mean? This means that playing the piano can help to:
-Alleviates Pain
-Manage Stress
-Express Emotion
-Enhances Memory
-Promotes Wellness
-Improve Communication
-Promote Physical Rehabilitation


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But wait... There's more!


It's been suggested that music lessons early in life can actually boost brain development. It is beleived that children who practiced music at a young age tended to have more white matter in a part of the brain called the corpus callosum. The corpus callosum is actually made up of nerve fibers, and is responsible for serving as a connector between the motor regions in the right side of the brain with those in the left side.

For the study, the scientists tested 36 well-trained musicians and divided them into two groups: those who began their musical training before the age of 7 and those who began after aged 7. The participants filled out a questionnaire developed by the researchers, which assessed the total years of training and musical practice, the total amount of years they took music lessons, and current number of hours that they played music. The scientists then tested the timing and synchronization abilities of the study participants by having them tap along to a series of visual cues.

The musicians who began playing an instrument before age 7 demonstrated more accurate timing in the experiment. Their brains also indicated more enhanced white matter in the corpus callosum.



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