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In a previous post, we explored how music has an overarching effect on our daily lives, and how it affects our moods.
Did you know though, that listening to music can also make you smarter? A recent study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesfound that listening to music regularly can increase your memory and verbal intelligence.
The study was prompted by the desire to find out why musicians tend to have better memory, spatial learning and certain language abilities than use mere, tone-deaf mortals. The researchers focused on neurodevelopment in adolescence (a period when the brain isn’t fully developed) and the impact that musical training might have on this process. They did this by working with 2 sets of high school students: one is in of a musical training group and the other is in a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programme.
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Interestingly, the researchers found that while both of these groups in the study made improvements in all of the language tasks, the group with musical training showed an accelerated rate of development in third cortex (an area of the brain).
The study therefore ultimately concluded that music training in young children could help improve language skills (even increase their ability to learn a second language) and help provide a kickstart to their brain’s maturation.
So just remember the next time you listen to the audio on our fantastic range of slots- the music could be making you smarter!
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