Harvard research supports early musical training

Harvard-based researchers find a link between early musical training and cognitive capacities that allow for planned, controlled behavior.

As we’ve reported, a large body of research has noted a link between music education and higher test scores. But precisely why learning an instrument would have a positive impact on academic achievement has never been clear.

A new study from Boston Children’s Hospital provides a possible answer. It reports musical training may promote the development and maintenance of a key set of mental skills.

These executive functions, which are coordinated in the brain’s frontal lobe, “allow for planned, controlled behavior,” writes a research team led by Harvard University scholar Nadine Gaab. They enable us to manage our time and attention, organize our thoughts, and regulate our behavior—abilities that are crucial to success in school, as well as later life.

Read the full article here:
http://www.psmag.com/navigation/books-and-culture/new-evidence-brain-benefits-music-training-83761/

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