Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Want to Rewire Your Brain? Study Music

ABC News: Want to Rewire Your Brain? Study Music: "All those hours practicing the piano pay off big time by biologically enhancing a person's ability to quickly recognize and mentally process sounds that carry emotion, according to a new study.

The study, from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., offers a new line of evidence that the brain we end up with is not necessarily the same brain we started out with.

'We are measuring what the nervous system has become, based on an individual's experience with sound,' Nina Kraus, director of the university's groundbreaking Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, said in a telephone interview."