What kind of benefit do we really get from learning music when we are children? This study found that people who learned for more than 10 years didn’t have any differences compared with the control group of non, or low activity, musicians in the areas of attention/processing speed, or episodic memory.
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But, they did find the late-life cognitive benefits of early musical training in select cognitive domains, including language, executive functioning, and visual-spatial ability. It would be interesting to know if this changed with 7, 5 or 2 years of music training.