Playing Music Can Protect the Aging Brain
A study conducted at the University of Toronto’s Baycrest Health Sciences center suggests that playing a musical instrument can help prevent age-related cognitive decline. Results of the study, which were published in the Journal of Neuroscience, could one day help improve brain rehabilitation programs through musical training.
According to Dr. Bernhard Ross, senior scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute and lead author on the study, learning to play music causes temporary changes in brain waves, boosting hearing and listening skills, and demonstrating the brain’s ability to rewire itself. This discovery could lead to better treatment for stroke survivors and people with dementia or other diseases or injuries that reduce cognitive function.