If you’ve taken the time to learn music or to speak another language, you’ve also trained your brain into being more efficient, according to a new study.
June 6, 2018
Researchers at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute conducted a study where they analyzed brain activity while participants completed simple tasks. Non-surprisingly they found that musicians and people who are bilingual utilized fewer brain resources when completing a working memory task. In addition, these people showed they had a better working memory. However, scientists have not been able to identify why this is.
To conduct the study, researchers analyzed the brains of 41 young adults between the ages of 19-35, who fit into three categories: English-speaking non-musicians, musicians who only spoke English and bilinguals who didn’t play a musical instrument. Each participant’s brain imagery was captured while they were asked to identify whether a sound, either from a musical instrument, the environment or a human, was the same as the previous one heard.