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Music training tied to improved attention and working memory in kids


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Journal
Frontiers in Neuroscience
Reuters Health - 17/10/2020 - Children who regularly practice a musical instrument may have better attention and working memory than kids who don't, data from functional MRI studies suggest. Researchers examined data on 20 children who had at least two years of music lessons with practice at least twice weekly and regular participation in an orchestra or ensemble, and on 20 children with no musical training. Participants completed assessments of bimodal attention and working memory while undergoing functional MRIs. While there wasn't a significant difference between groups in reaction time, the musically trained children did significantly better on the working memory task. "I think they have better bimodal attention and working memory because playing an instrument is a very demanding task that requires you to focus your attention on multiple things simultaneously," said lead author Leonie Kausel of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad del ...


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