…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.
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.
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:
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)
None of these tasks has anything to do with music classes. What…
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Totally agree Ben – it’s on a par with learning languages at a young age and is really enjoyable – how’s the clarinet playing?
Going well…at least for my kids! Great to hear from you, Michael, business is growing really fast and all well out here. Would be good to catch up sometime soon, ben
Business booming here as well. Do let me know when you’re around on your next UK trip. I may well be doing an Emirates, Singapore, Hong Kong trip soon so will definitely call in. Michael