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  • Musical Training Improves Children’s Verbal Intelligence Significantly, Study Says

    Learn the significant brain changes a musical cognitive approach produced for a group of young children.
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    The researchers looked at the following in order to assess whether the training methods produced any functional brain changes:
    •    Attention span
    •    Word recall
    •    Ability to analyze information
    •    Problem solving skills using language-based reasoning
    •    Reaction time

    For the group subjected to visual training, the researchers did not note any significant changes in verbal intelligence or brain changes. 90 percent of the group that received the musical cognitive training, however, had a notable improvement in their intelligence. This was a whopping five times than those from the other group.

    Said Dr. Chau, senior scientist at the Bloorview Research Institute and Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation Engineering, “The results of this study strongly affirm the resonance between music and child development, and encourage us to think of music not just as a medium or tool through which treatment might be delivered, but as the treatment itself.”


    Sources:
    •    “Music Training Improves Verbal Intelligence in Children” psychologicalscience.org
    •    “Music-based program helps children develop verbal intelligence: Study” psychologicalscience.org
    •    October 4, 2011. “Young children show improved verbal IQ” medicalxpress.com


    Photo by Jesse Gardner via flickr creative commons

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