Music Enhances the Brain
From Musical Training Influences Linguistic Abilities in 8-Year-Old Children: More Evidence for Brain Plasticity, in Cerebral Cortex 19 no. 3 (2009):712-723.
After musical (but not painting) training, children showed enhanced reading and pitch discrimination abilities in speech. Remarkably, 6 months of musical training thus suffices to significantly improve behavior and to influence the development of neural processes as reflected in specific pattern of brain waves. These results reveal positive transfer from music to speech and highlight the influence of musical training. Finally, they demonstrate brain plasticity in showing that relatively short periods of training have strong consequences on the functional organization of the children's brain.(Via BPS).