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Nov 06, 2013

childhood-music-lessons-benefits-health-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-information(HealthDay News) — Older adults who took music lessons during childhood seem to have a faster brain response to speech than those who never played an instrument, according to the results of a new, small study.

The findings suggest that musical training early in life has a long-term, beneficial effect on how the brain processes sound.

“This study suggests the importance of music education for children today and for healthy aging decades from now,” said study author Nina Kraus, of Northwestern University.

The study included 44 adults, aged 55 to 76, who listened to a recorded speech sound while the researchers measured electrical activity in the auditory brainstem, the region of the brain that processes sound.

The more years that a person spent playing instruments during childhood, the faster their brains responded to the speech sound, according to the findings, published in the Nov. 6 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

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