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Music training boosts IQ

…makes complete sense! I love the fact that more and more evidence is being collected around the benefits of ‘non-linear’ nature of learning, ie learning how to learn.

BRAIN'S IDEA

There are more and more brain training companies popping up which promise the same deal: improved intelligence. While there are doubts about their results, another sort of brain training has existed since the beginning of humanity: music. The evidence for its effectiveness is surprisingly strong.

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Over the years, researchers have noticed that people who have taken music lessons are better on a wide range of seemingly unconnected tasks. Just look at this impressive list:

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Mathematics (across many different tasks; Vaughn, 2000)
Reading (understanding a written text; Corrigall & Trainor, 2011)
Simon task (quickly overcoming an easy, intuitive response in order to do a task right; Bialystok & DePape, 2009)
Digit Span (repeating a long list of random digits; Schellenberg, 2011)
Simple Reaction Time (pressing a button as soon as possible; Hughes & Franz, 2007)

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None of these tasks has anything to do with music classes. What…

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3 replies

  1. Totally agree Ben – it’s on a par with learning languages at a young age and is really enjoyable – how’s the clarinet playing?

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