Musical training linked to improved brain function

Musical training at an early age may enhance executive brain functioning, a new study suggests.

The study used functional MRI brain imaging to compare 15 musically trained children, aged nine to 12, with a control group of 12 untrained children of the same age.

Results showed the musically-trained children had enhanced activity in the part of the brain involved in organisation, memory and time management.

Senior investigator Nadine Gaab said the findings suggest musical training may benefit children in their academic studies.

Read more at Boston Children's Hospital