Taking music lessons between the ages of four and 14 can benefit the brain in old age and help prevent age-related hearing loss, according to a new study from Northwestern University.
Researchers reported that receiving music training at a young age has a positive effect on the brain that lasts into the later stages of life. This study, reported in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that neural timing is faster among adults who took music lessons during their childhood.
The new study included 44 participants between the ages of 55 and 76. Brain response to sound was found to be faster among the participants who reported musical training between the ages of four and 14.
A previous study conducted by this team supported this information, finding that musicians can process sound faster than non-musicians. Additional evidence was discovered that lifelong musical experience has a positive impact on the aging process.
A third study, conducted last year by a separate team, found that children who started music lessons before age seven had better control over motor functions.
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