How Playing Music Affects Your Brain

Neuroscientists have scanned people's brain activity, both when listening to and playing music. Apparently, when you listen to music, multiple areas of the brain light up as you process the different aspects of the music. However, when you play a musical instrument, it is a bit like giving the brain a full body workout, during which it has to focus on the harmony, the emotion and the motoric movements to produce the sound simultaneously. Music also helps both sides of your brain to work together better and improves your executive function. But watch the video - it is fascinating stuff.

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