Playing music in childhood linked to sharper mind in later life

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Researchers have found a link between children and teenagers who take up a musical instrument and improved thinking skills in old age. People with more experience of playing a musical instrument showed greater lifetime improvement on a test of cognitive ability than those with less or no experience, a new paper from the University of Edinburgh has said. Researchers found that this was the case even when accounting for their socio-economic status, their years of education, childhood cognitive ability, and their health in older age. “We have to emphasise that the association we found between ins…

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