Regularly playing a musical instrument helps to boost intelligence. That’s what some clever researchers over at the University of Zurich in Switzerland have decided. They say that regular playing an instrument changes the shape and power of the brain!

It can even increase IQ by seven points in both children and adults

Experts said there is growing evidence that the brains of musicians are structurally and functionally different from non-musicians – in particular, the areas of the brain that help coordination, hearing, storing audio information and memory.

“We found that even in people over the age of 65 after four or five months of playing a instrument for an hour a week there were strong changes in the brain.

Researchers said: “For children especially we found that learning to play the piano for instance teaches them to be more self-disciplined, more attentive and better at planning. All of these things are very important for academic performance, so can therefore make a child brighter.”

Mr Jäncke also said that music can also make it easier to learn foreign languages and become more perceptive in interpreting the emotions of others.

The research is published in the online publication Faculty of 1000 Biology Reports and you can read more here:

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