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22. How playing an instrument benefits your brain
Anita Collins
<4:29>   July 2014

 

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≪Questions:How playing an instrument benefits your brain≫

1. According to the speaker, there are fireworks going on all over the brain when you play an instrument. What does he mean by “fireworks?”

 

 

2. Why does playing a musical instrument make the brain light up?

 




3. What are the two obvious differences between listening to music and playing music?

(1)                                            

                                                 

                                                 

 

(2)                                         

                                               

                                               

 

4. What is the corpus callosum?

 

 

5. Increasing the volume of the corpus callosum and its activity will allow messages to get across the brain faster and through more diverse routes. Why is this important?

  




6. Which of the following statements is not true about musicians?

(a) They often have higher levels of executive function.
(b) They are good at simultaneous analysis of both cognitive and emotional aspects.
(c)  They are good at finding valuable information on the Internet.
(d) They have enhanced memory functions.

 

7. The following paragraph explains how playing music is different from playing sports and other arts, like painting. Fill in the blanks.

  Neuroscientists have found

that the (1)                               and

(2)                               

aspects of learning to

(3)                                     (4 words)

is different from any other activity studied.

And, several randomized studies

found that those who were exposed to

a period of music learning showed

enhancement in

(4)                                      (3 words),

compared to the others.





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≪Answers:How playing an instrument benefits your brain≫

1. According to the speaker, there are fireworks going on all over the brain when you play an instrument. What does he mean by “fireworks?”
Multiple areas of your brain will activate (light up) at once.

 

2. Why does playing a musical instrument make the brain light up?
Because you need to use practically every area of the brain at once, especially the visual, auditory, and motor cortices.

 

3. What are the two obvious differences between listening to music and playing music?

(1)   Playing music requires fine motor skills  (, which are controlled by both hemispheres of the brain).    

 

(2)    Playing music combines the linguistic and mathematical  precision (, in which the left emisphere is more  involved,)  with the novel and creative content (that the right  hemisphere excels in).    




4. What is the corpus callosum?
The bridge between the brain’s two hemispheres.

 

5. Increasing the volume of the corpus callosum and its activity will allow messages to get across the brain faster and through more diverse routes. Why is this important?
  Because it may allow musicians to solve problems more effectively and creatively, in both academic and social settings.

 

6. Which of the following statements is not true about musicians?

(a) They often have higher levels of executive function.
(b) They are good at simultaneous analysis of both cognitive and emotional aspects.
(c)  They are good at finding valuable information on the Internet.
(d) They have enhanced memory functions.

 

7. The following paragraph explains how playing music is different from playing sports and other arts, like painting. Fill in the blanks.

  Neuroscientists have found 

that the (1)      artistic       and

(2)      aesthetic        

aspects of learning to

(3)   play a musical instrument     

is different from any other activity studied.

And, several randomized studies found that those

who were exposed to a period of music learning

showed enhancement in

(4)   multiple brain areas   (3 words),

compared to the others.

 

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