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Essay: The effect of musical activity on cognitive functioning in the developing and aging brain

Brenkman, R.J.A. (2015) Essay: The effect of musical activity on cognitive functioning in the developing and aging brain. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Abstract

Instrumental music training is a very interesting multisensory motor experience. Neuroscientists studied the correlation between behavioral changes and structural brain plasticity in both the developing and aging brain. Research showed that disciplined and structured musical training enhances brain areas like the corpus callosum, the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus as well as their functional behavioral involvement like memory and decision-making. These skills are not only useful for music making but can be transferred to other cognitive and behavioral operations. These improvements can facilitate brain development in children as well as healthy aging in adults. Besides that, they indicate that musical activity can be a potential treatment for neurological and developmental disorders. This article focuses on both structural and functional brain differences and integrates musical activity in the Scaffolding Theory of Aging and Cognition and the theory of cognitive reserve.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:03
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:03
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/12639

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