Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Music Could Aid Brain Development

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Music Could Aid Brain Development

Article excerpt

Researchers from the University of Vermont have suggested that music and musical training may help children to focus their attention and control anxiety. The team have called their investigation the 'largest investigation of the association between playing a musical instrument and brain development'.

As humans age, the cortex of the brain (the outer layer) changes in thickness. Previous research has shown that this thickening in specific areas can be an indicator of anxiety and attention problems, even in children who aren't diagnosed with a mental condition. This study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, sought to discover whether a positive activity, such as playing a musical instrument, could affect this thickening by influencing these factors.

The team analysed brain scans of 232 children aged 6-18 years. …

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