Trained Musicians Make Better Decisions

Photo: Dominik Scythe/Unsplash

Photo: Dominik Scythe/Unsplash

New research finds there’s an advantage to starting music lessons in late childhood.

Parents aware of how music training can boost their children’s cognitive development may be eager to get them into a practice room as early as possible. But new research suggests there may be an advantage to holding off for a few years.

It reports that, faced with a complex decision-making task, participants who began musical training after age eight made better choices than those who started earlier, or never took lessons at all. Full story.

Tom Jacobs (Pacific Standard) / September 5, 2017

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