Learning the piano makes your brain bigger?

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A recent study from the University of Vermont College of Medicine shows that learning the piano doesn’t just develop your child as a musician.

The study, performed by 56-year-old psychiatrist James Hudziak, doesn’t show basic increases in IQ tests, as previous discredited studies were wont to do (leading to the dismissal of the so-called “Mozart Effect” phenomenon).

Instead, the study actually measured the physical changes in the brains of children who studied music. They were also measured in spatial and organisational tasks. Hudziak said that his study indicates the “… vital importance of finding new and innovative ways to make music training more widely available to youths, beginning in childhood.”

Abstract here:

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