Brain Health: Listening to Music is Good But Playing Music is Great!
Do you play an instrument?
It turns out that if you do, it’s like doing a full body workout for your brain.
When you listen to music, your brain actually pulls the music apart and then puts it back together in a matter of seconds.
But when you actually play music, practically every area of your brain is engaged at once.
With practice, these brain areas are strengthened and can be used in different capacities of our lives.
What makes playing music so unique, is that we actually combine both our left and right brain hemispheres of the brain when we play.
As a result, the combination of these strengthened brain areas then allow musicians to create, store and retrieve memories more efficiently.
Learn more about this interesting research in the following TED-Ed video and while you’re watching it, think about what instrument you would like to play.
Your brain will thank you for it!