New research suggests making music actively may improve cognitive impairment. MesquitaFMS/Getty Images
A new study from Pitt seeks to identify the benefits of active participation in music versus passive participation, that is, listening to music. It is a meta-analysis of 21 previous studies involving 1,472 individuals.
The new study finds making music delivers a small but significant positive effect in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia.
The researchers also found that music improved quality of life and mood for the same people. Full story.