LESSONS: Music lessons in early childhood may improve brain’s performance

Results suggest it might be better to start musical training before age of seven, says study's author.

Music lessons in early childhood lead to changes in the brain that could improve its performance far into adulthood, researchers say. Brain scans of young adults revealed that those who had formal musical training before the age of seven had thicker brain regions that deal with hearing and self-awareness. The findings highlight how brain development can be influenced by the age that children start to learn a musical instrument, and how those changes can persist into later life.

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