The Importance of Learning to Play an Instrument as a Child
The Telegraph has today reported that not only will playing a musical instrument early on in life make you cool as hell, but will also provide a long-term effect and will boost your brain as a pensioner.
The report comes from the results of a study by The American Psychological Association who discovered after carrying tests that those who played a flute, piano, clarinet, violin or any other musicial instrument that requires reading sheet music performed better on intelligence tests.
The APA carried out tests on 70 healthy pensioners between the ages of 63-80 and found that musicians performed better on several cognitive tests than those who'd never played an instrument or learnt how to read music.
"Musical activity throughout life may serve as a challenging cognitive exercise, making your brain fitter and more capable of accommodating the challenges of ageing," said lead researcher Dr Brenda Hanna-Pladdy at the University of Kansas Medical Center
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