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Music as IQ Booster

Music as IQ BoosterA leading researcher is advocating use of music in neuropsychological therapy to improve language skills, memory, or mood.

In an online publication of Faculty of 1000: Biology Reports, Lutz Jäncke summarizes recent studies of professional musicians. He discusses research that suggests regularly playing a musical instrument changes the anatomy and function of the brain and may be used in therapy to improve cognitive skills.

According to background information in the article, there is growing evidence that musicians have structurally and functionally different brains compared with non-musicians.

In particular, the areas of the brain used to process music are larger or more active in musicians. Even just starting to learn a musical instrument can change the neurophysiology of the brain.

The brain regions involved in music processing are also required for other tasks, such as memory or language skills.

“If music has such a strong influence on brain plasticity,” writes Jäncke, “this raises the question of whether this effect can be used to enhance cognitive performance.”

Several studies indeed show that musical practice increases memory and language skills, and Jäncke suggests expanding this field:

“Hopefully, the current trend in the use of musicians as a model for brain plasticity will continue … and extend to the field of neuropsychological rehabilitation.”

Source: Faculty of 1000: Biology and Medicine

Music as IQ Booster

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Music as IQ Booster. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 12, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2009/10/27/music-as-iq-booster/9156.html

 

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