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June 29, 2005

Musicians' Brains Permanently Rewired

Topics: Medicine

As if most of us didn't already know it, it turns out that musician's brains are in addition to being 'wired' - they are also re-wired. From other studies that I've read, just listening to music doesn't do it, it takes actual engagement in a musical activity. And as for that "Mozart Effect," it may not exist - at least according to some researchers, although others believe music can matter to babies.

Yo-Yo Ma's Brain: Under Heavy Construction (Picture - AP/Robert E. Klein )

- Discovery News
The swing of golfer Tiger Woods or the hand movements of cellist Yo-Yo Ma seem effortless, in part, because their brain patterns permanently are organized to handle activities associated with golf and music, suggests a new study.

The research, presented at the recent meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping in Toronto, reveals that the extensive practice of musicians, and likely that of athletes and other physically skilled individuals, can change their brains as well as their bodies.

The changes can be permanent, even if the person stops practicing or playing.

So encouraging your kid to practice a musical activity is quite different from letting your kid listen to - Rap?

Posted by Hyscience at June 29, 2005 12:00 PM

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