music and brainpower
I’ve just come across the following news item in today’s edition of my local newspaper, the Bristol Evening Post:
"Playing an instrument can go straight to a musician’s head, scientists from Liverpool University revealed today.
"A study has shown that practice and performance prevents a vital part of the brain shrinking with age. Musicians in a major British orchestra were found to have an average of 15% more grey matter in the brain region than non-musicians.
"Scientists cannot say whether this means playing music might protect a person from age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.""
Danny, as our resident expert on things to do with the workings of the brain, what say ye?