Playing music boosts kids' brains
Learning to play a musical instrument may have several benefits for children, including reduced feelings of anxiety, greater emotional control and better attention, according to a new study.
Scientists analyzed data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on 232 children between ages six and 18. It cluded results from MRI scans and behavioral tests, as well as the children's IQ and musical training background.
The reserachers found that learning a musical instrument seemed to correlate with various brain changes, including altered motor areas and parts of the brain related to processing of emotions, memory and attentional control. Musical training did not seem to affect IQ.
The study's findings, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, suggest that musical training may work well in treating psychological disorders among children.