The independent recently published a great article, written by Chelsea Ritschel, which described a study that has proved that being bilingual or a musician means your brain is more efficient.
The study analysed brain activity while participants completed simple tasks, and shows how musicians perform.
You can read the full article here. We’ve summarised some of the points found by Dr Claude Alain and researchers at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute:
- People with either a musical or bilingual background activated different brain networks and showed less brain activity while completing a task than people who only spoke one language or didn’t have formal music training.
- Musicians and bilinguals require less effort to perform the same task, which could also protect them against cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
- Results also demonstrated that a person’s experiences, whether it’s learning how to play a musical instrument or another language, can shape how the brain functions and which networks are used
- Musicians and people who are bilingual have long been shown to have a better working memory, the ability to keep things in mind, such as remembering a phone number, a list of instructions or doing mental maths.
Dr Claude Alain and researchers at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute – http://research.baycrest.org/calain