Playing an instrument can make you smarter

In a previews post I wrote about Tania de Jong’s TEDx Talk, where she talks about the power of singing. You can read this post here.

During the last few months I’ve grown an interest towards the way the human mind works, commonly known scientifically as “neuroscience”. It all started when I had to understand the behaviour of individuals within Groupmates’ target audience, how their behaviour could influence our growth, and how could we use data gathered from users interactions to our product, or users interaction with our landing and referral pages to improve.

To analyse behaviour you need to make use of different techniques and theories, and the harder it is the more fun (for me at-least).

Tim Ferris, a famous life hacker, in his book “Four Hour Work Week” (you can read the first 50 pages for free by registering here), talks about how you can train your brain to learn things easier and faster. There are many techniques for “brain hack” in his book, and apparently science agrees that the brain is trainable. Medical Daily says “Brain revealed to be more flexible and trainable“.

My favourite neuroscience discovery so far though, is the fact that playing an instrument can increase brain activity, efficiency, speed of memory, and more. Apparently musicians have higher brain activity when they an instrument in comparison to people who perform other arts. That’s awesome, right?! Check out how it works in the video below.

 

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