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Music Training Can Change Children’s Brain Structure, Boost Decision-Making

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Nov 27, 2017

According to two new studies from the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC, music training is one of the most effective tools for enhancing emotional and intellectual development. USC News reports that “Music training can change both the structure of the brain’s white matter, which carries signals through the brain, and gray matter, which contains most of the brain’s neurons that are active in processing information. Music instruction also boosts engagement of brain networks that are responsible for decision-making and the ability to focus attention and inhibit impulses.”

To obtain the results, researchers partnered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA). Since 2012, neuroscientists have been monitoring the impact of music instruction on children’s social, emotional and cognitive development.

“Together these results demonstrate that community music programs can offset some of the negative consequences that low socioeconomic status can have on child development,” said Assal Habibi, the lead author and an assistant research professor of psychology.

Learn more about the research here.

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