Navigation Links
Music Training May Help Keep Aging Brain Healthy
Date:4/25/2011

MONDAY, April 25 (HealthDay News) -- Music lessons may help keep the brain healthy as people grow older, a new study suggests.

Researchers from the University of Kansas Medical Center divided 70 healthy adults, ages 60 to 83, into three groups based on their amount of musical experience: no musical training, one to nine years of music lessons, and at least 10 years of musical study.

More than half of those with a music background studied piano, about one-quarter played woodwind instruments such as the flute or clarinet, and others played string instruments, percussion or brass instruments.

The participants -- who had similar fitness and education levels and were free of Alzheimer's disease -- were given several cognitive tests. Those with the greatest amount of musical experience did best on these tests of mental acuity, followed by those with less musical study and those who never took music lessons.

Compared to non-musicians, the people with a high degree of musical experience had much higher scores on the cognitive tests, including those related to visuospatial memory, naming objects, and the brain's ability to adapt to new information (cognitive flexibility).

The benefits of musical study were still apparent even in those who no longer played an instrument, the researchers said.

The study appears online in the journal Neuropsychology.

"Musical activity throughout life may serve as a challenging cognitive exercise, making your brain fitter and more capable of accommodating the challenges of aging," lead researcher Brenda Hanna-Pladdy said in a journal news release.

Hanna-Pladdy, now an assistant professor in neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, added, "Since studying an instrument requires years of practice and learning, it may create alternate connections in the brain that could compensate for cognitive declines as we get older."

More information

The Society for Neuroscience outlines ways to keep your brain healthy as you age.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Neuropsychology, news release, April 20, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Neutrogena Signs Actress & Musician Miranda Cosgrove
2. Bally Total Fitness Launches Music-Focused Marketing Platform
3. NAMI Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults: Mental Health, Finances, Relationships, Music and More
4. NAMI Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults: Mental Health, Finances, Relationships, Music and More
5. Sounds True Announces Licensing Partnership with The Relaxation Company, Becomes Market-Leader in Benefit-Oriented Sound Healing Music
6. Vocalist Nicolas Bearde Unveils his Music Catalogue Through The Jazz Network Worldwide
7. Retirement Community in Arizona Hosts Classic Car Show with Live Music
8. 10 Songs NOT to Play at Prom; Bridging the Musical Generation Gap
9. The Science Behind Musical Taste
10. Sweet Relief Musicians Fund qualifies for Pepsi Refresh Project
11. Hidden Pond Productions Announces a Unique One-Stop Shop of Music/Talent Supervisions, IP Licensing and Original Custom Music
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Music Training May Help Keep Aging Brain Healthy
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes , which specializes ... of the facility as part of a disaster drill on October 3rd. , Apple ... Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the Connecticut Long Term Care Mutual ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids Fun Run brought out many kids ... sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, is aimed at getting kids excited ... all ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, which is all about having fun ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field”: the story of a ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field” is the creation of published ... all ages and currently teaches a class of ladies at her church, which she ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... Orleans, LA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... centers in the U.S., announced today its plans to open a flagship location in ... will occupy the former Rooms To Go store next to Office Depot in the ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... AccentCare, a leader in post-acute health care, have expanded their existing home health ... Home Health. , AccentCare has been operating a joint venture home health company ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... 4, 2017 OBP Medical , ... medical devices, today announced regulatory approval from ... (or Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA)) to ... surgical retractor with integrated LED light source and ... and exposure of a tissue pocket or cavity ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... Oct. 2, 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... for the third quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, October ... on that day with the investment community and media ... The conference call will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern ... a live webcast of the conference call through a ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... announces the European launch of their new low volume, high throughput ... Cambridge, U.K on October 4th. The new ... unprecedented speed and sensitivity while using far less sample volume through ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: