How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.

What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

via How playing an instrument benefits your brain – Anita Collins | TED-Ed.

From TED-Ed: How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.

What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

via How playing an instrument benefits your brain – Anita Collins | TED-Ed.

How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain – Anita Collins | TED-Ed

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.

What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

via How playing an instrument benefits your brain – Anita Collins | TED-Ed.

Pianist uses music to help those suffering from brain conditions | abc7.com

Legendary Pianist Mike Garson took his talents from the stage to the studio to compose songs for people suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Anaheim Hills resident Nancy Dufault needs a walker to get around because her body is stiff and she often suffers from tremors. It has gotten worse over the last 20 years since she was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The disease causes nerve cells in the brain to die, which affects a person’s movement.

“Balance is always an issue and I tend to have a lot of falls,” she said.

Parkinson’s has been especially tough on Nancy because she and her husband Bob own a dance studio. She said she has tried different medications, and she’s even had brain surgery.

But the Dufaults said there is only one therapy that actually works.

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How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.

What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

 

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