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You might be aware that scientists have suggested music is good for the brain, but the truth about just how good it is will astound you. FMRI and PET scans have revealed incredible amounts of neurological activity when people listen to music, and even more activity when people actually play a musical instrument.
As this TED-ed talk will explain, playing piano, guitar or any other instrument actually gives your mind a powerful workout, engaging pretty much all the key areas of the brain.
It even promotes the formation of new connections between the two halves of the brain, with amazing consequences for everything from memory to information process.
In particular, multi-tasking abilities skyrocket, enhancing the ability to strategize effectively.
As you learn just how important these changes can be, you’ll be convinced that music should be a vital part of personal growth, whether you’re young or old. So, dust off that old keyboard or buy the flute you always wanted—you’ll be smarter, more capable and a better problem solver. Meanwhile, if you don’t currently have the time or funds to play an instrument, take comfort in the fact that even just listening to your favorite songs is facilitating important neurological development.