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Early Musical Training and White-Matter Plasticity in the Corpus Callosum: Evidence for a Sensitive Period

Christopher J. Steele1,2, Jennifer A. Bailey1, Robert J. Zatorre3, and Virginia B. Penhune1 +Show Affiliations 1Department of Psychology, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada H4B 1R6, 2Department of Neurology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, 04103 Leipzig, Germany, and 3Montreal Neurological Hospital and Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2B4 Author contributions:…

Musical Training Optimizes Brain Function

Musical training before age 7 can benefit brain function for a lifespan. Post published by Christopher Bergland on Nov 13, 2013 in The Athlete’s Way Neuroscientists are discovering multiple ways that musical training improves the function and connectivity of different brain regions. Musical training increases brain volume and strengthens communication between brain areas. Playing an…

Music Training Improves Adolescent Brain Development Music training helps the teenage brain hone skills linked to academic success

Post published by Christopher Bergland on July 28, 2015 In a previous Psychology Today blog post, “Musical Training Optimizes Brain Function,” I wrote about a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience which reported that playing an instrument before age seven benefits brain structure and function throughout a person’s lifespan. A new study by Nina…

Practice doesn’t always make perfect (depending on your brain) Study fuels nature versus debate

  Practice doesn’t always make perfect (depending on your brain) Study fuels nature versus debate ~ www.ScienceDaily.com~ Date: July 28, 2015 Source: McGill University Summary: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? New research on the brain’s capacity to learn suggests there’s more to it than the adage that ‘practice makes perfect.’ A music-training study has…