Tuning a Piano Also Tunes Your Brain

22 Nov 2014

Recent research (summer 2012) at the University College London and Newcastle University has noted structural changes in the brains of piano tuners.

Repeated careful listening and tuning have resulted in very specific changes in the tuners’ hippocampus, the area of the brain that takes care of memory and navigation.  MRI scans prove it that years of working on pianos have created more grey matter (where information processing happens) and more white matter (the nerve connections).

This didn’t come entirely as a surprise.  Neuroscientists studying musicians have observed the same thing: that music changes the actual structure and wiring of the human brain.

Seems to me that this is another excellent reason to take music lessons, no?  Read more here.

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