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Musicians are probably smarter...
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KindaScratchy
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June 21, 2014 - 8:40 pm
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From The Huffington Post:

Musicians Are Probably Smarter Than the Rest of Us

Want to keep your mind healthy and sharp throughout your life? Pick up an instrument. A new study found that musicians might have brains that function better than their peers well into old age. Bet you wish you stuck with those piano lessons after all.

Researchers tested the mental abilities of senior citizens and discovered that musicians performed better at a number of tests. In particular, musicians excelled at visual memory tasks. While musicians had similar verbal capabilities to non-musicians, the musicians’ ability to memorize new words was markedly better, too. Perhaps most importantly, the musicians’ IQ scores were higher overall than those who spent their lives listening to music rather than performing it.

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When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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coolpinkone
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Right on Diane.... late starter here...but I will still take the two years over none.. :)

 

Great article... now we have proof.

You are a good roving reporter. :)

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It so happens that I recently read somewhere that the violin was very good at stimulating both sides of the brain.  The notion that I might have a weak side gives me a whole new range of excuses. 

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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And all this time I was wondering what what wrong with all my colleagues, LOL.dancing

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