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Music Builds Better Brains

Check out the big brain on Albert. It's time to thank your parents for making you go to those music lessons. The Journal of Neuroscience recently released a study showing that early musical training is associated with significant improvements on the development of the brain.

When comparing brain structure, musicians who started early showed enhanced white matter in the corpus callosum, a bundle of nerve fibres that connects the left and right motor regions of the brain. Importantly, the researchers found that the younger a musician started, the greater the connectivity.

Because the study tested musicians on a non-musical motor skill task, it also suggests that the benefits of early music training extend beyond the ability to play an instrument.

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