Link #57: You Can Become Smarter by Playing a Musical Instrument

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Link #57: You Can Become Smarter by Playing a Musical Instrument

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At the end of the day, no matter what some people may think, an individual controls his or her own fate. In our last post, we spoke about how people can make themselves dumber by eating too much sugar. Here, we would like to tell you that there is a way you can actually become smarter!

If you learn to play a musical instrument and play it regularly then you can increase your IQ by 7 points! That is a huge difference especially if you are at the end of an IQ generalised category. How is this possible?

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Can Playing a Musical Instrument Increase Your IQ?

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It is, indeed, possible to increase your IQ by playing a musical instrument. However, you have to make sure that you play the instrument regularly. The best way to understand this is to see your brain like just another muscle in your body. The more you exercise it, the better it becomes.

Muscles also have a tendency to become accustomed to certain exercises. For instance, if you keep doing the same kind of exercise again and again then your muscles will stop developing and your physical goals will stagnate.

The same is true of your brain. When you learn to play musical instruments, you give your brain an exercise that it isn’t used to. In fact, when you play musical instruments, you exercise various parts of your brain.

When you play a musical instrument, you exercise that part of your brain that is responsible for hearing. You also exercise the part that is responsible for remembering. And, you even activate the part that takes care of movements.

According to researchers, the way your brain is structured changes when you start playing a musical instrument regularly. In fact, musicians have been known to exhibit keen understanding of things that often escape other people.


Till What Age Can You Boost Your IQ by Playing a Musical Instrument?

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According to psychologists, it doesn’t matter how old you are. If you learn to play a musical instrument and play it regularly after, then your IQ will show a boost soon. The reason for this is that the human brain is one of the most flexible, efficient and complex organs in the body.

It never really stops developing. Every time we make a new memory or learn a new skill, something new is added to our brains. Playing a musical instrument is so beneficial because it allows us to exercise multiple parts of our brains simultaneously or in combination. Essentially, it makes our brains more agile.


Musicians Have Some Special Skills

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(Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity) Brain diagram Author: Webber PD image

Our brain is capable of changing structure as and when required. This quality of our brain is known as brain plasticity in scientific circles. Scientists studying brain plasticity have a tendency to focus on musicians a lot because they show the most capability.

As a result of this research, many capabilities of musicians have come to the fore. For instance, did you know that once you learn to play a musical instrument, you’ll find it easier to learn a new language? Your ability to remember things will be easier too along with your ability to sense what others are feeling from the tone of their voices.




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Sources:

http://www.brainhq.com/brain-resources/what-is-brain-plasticity
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/6447588/Playing-a-musical-instrument-makes-you-brainier.html

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