To get your body in shape, you go to the gym. What should you do for your brain? Play an instrument!

A study published in  Nature Reviews Neuroscience pulled together data from around the world studying the effect of music on the brain. They found that musical training, or any interaction with music—including listening, improved the brain’s ability to handle communication. The research review showed that children with musical training have better-than-average vocabulary and reading ability. Musical adults had more “neuroplasticity,” aiding their brains’ long-term ability to adapt and change.

~Reader’s Digest: Best Health

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