Confirmed: Musicians really ARE smarter!

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Confirmed: Musicians really ARE smarter!


Working memory is the capacity to hold onto information even as you are processing it – to consider how it confirms, contradicts, adjusts your previous knowledge. This is essential to effective learning, as is short-term memory. A new meta-study of 29 existing research studies affirms that musicians develop better working-memory and short-term memory skills than non-musicians.

The Italian researchers found that the memory advantage extends beyond music into verbal and visual instruction too. In this article, the authors consider the reasons for this effect that improves thinking and learning. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Date Published: 9 December 2017