Could early musical training breed extra brain power?

01/16/2013 | New Scientist

Early musical training can not only significantly increase chances of expressing talent, but can also leave long-lasting effects on the brain. A study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that musicians who started training before the age of 7 developed more extensive connectivity in the corpus callosum, the region of the brain linking both hemispheres. Researchers speculate that the formation of the extra wiring occurs because training before 7 would coincide with critical brain development.

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