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Want to ‘train your brain’? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

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Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain’s structure, improving your memory, spatial reasoning and speech skills

The multimillion dollar brain training industry is under attack. In October 2014, a group of over 100 eminent neuroscientists and psychologists wrote an open letter warns that “claims promoting brain games are frequently exaggerated and at times misleading”. Earlier this year, industry giant Lumosity was fined$ 2m, and ordered to refund thousands of customers who were duped by false claims that the company’s products improve general mental abilities and slow the progression of age-related decline in mental abilities. And a recent review examining surveys purporting to show the benefits of such products found “little evidence … that educate improves improves everyday cognitive performance”.

While brain training games and apps may not live up to their hype, it is well established that certain other activities and lifestyle selections can have neurological benefits that promote overall brain health and may help to keep the mind sharp as we get older. One of these is musical train. Research shows that learning to play a musical instrument is beneficial for children and adults alike, and may even be helpful to patients recovering from brain injuries.

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Read more: theguardian.com

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