Musical Training Improves Focussing Capacity in Kids

by Kalyani Thivakaran on  December 26, 2014 at 12:10 AM Child Health News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
Font : A-A+

A new theory has revealed that kids learning music tend to have more focus, controlled emotions and diminished anxiety.
Musical Training Improves Focussing Capacity in Kids
Musical Training Improves Focussing Capacity in Kids

A University of Vermont College of Medicine child psychiatry team has found evidence they expected - that music playing altered the motor areas of the brain, because the activity requires control and coordination of movement and changes were observed in the behavior-regulating areas of the brain.

For example, music practice influenced thickness in the part of the cortex that relates to "executive functioning, including working memory, attentional control, as well as organization and planning for the future".

James Hudziak, M.D., professor of psychiatry and director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families, and colleagues including Matthew Albaugh, Ph.D., and graduate student research assistant Eileen Crehan, call their study "the largest investigation of the association between playing a musical instrument and brain development."

Hudziak and his team discovered that cortical thickening or thinning in specific areas of the brain reflected the occurrence of anxiety and depression, attention problems, aggression and behavior control issues even in healthy kids, those without a diagnosis of a disorder or mental illness.

The findings bolster Hudziak's hypothesis that a violin might help a child battle psychological disorders even better than a bottle of pills.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Source: ANI

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

Height and Weight-Kids 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive