Music and brain development

Les 3 bienfaits de la musique pour le cerveau - Meludia

Contrary to popular belief, the brain is not something fixed that deteriorates with age. It keeps changing throughout our life! This is called brain plasticity. Over your lifetime, your neurones interconnect according to your environment, your experiences and what you learn. Each thing you do can change your brain.

 The musical brain

Anatomists today would be hard put to identify the brain of a visual artist, a writer, or a mathematician — but they could recognize the brain of a professional musician without a moment’s hesitation.”
From Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks

 

How can that be? Simply because playing an instrument physically changes musicians’ brains and these changes can be seen on a brain scan. For example, the part of the brain responsible for the left hand will be more developed in a violinist who often uses the fingers on his left hand in a specific way than in other people. The earlier the person started playing the violin (without any breaks along the way, of course), the more visible the cerebral difference.

These changes don’t just occur in professionals

Playing music, even on a lesser scale, also has consequences. It creates new connections – the root of our intelligence – in the brain. A lone neurone can’t do much. It is the networks of neurones, their complexity and their links to each other that determine our abilities. Music changes the brain and shapes it in a way that no other activity can. Thus, whether great mathematicians with the same brain as the man on the street like it or not, the brain of a professional musician (or of a person who has played for many years) will look visibly different on a brain scan! In other words, music leaves a mark.

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