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A new study shows that music education can help boost a number of cognitive abilities

A new study by Northwestern University‘s Nina Kraus and Bharath Chandrasekaran and published in the science journal, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, has indicated that music education promotes certain cognitive abilities. Children undergoing musical training are better adept at managing certain auditory skills – like deciphering speech in noisy environments or judging emotions based on shifts in vocal pitch. Since musician’s ears are more cultured to the subtleties in audible sounds, the auditory cortex of the brain shows higher activities than non-musicians. These advantages translate to enhanced speech comprehension.

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