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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2010 Aug;11(8):599-605. doi: 10.1038/nrn2882.

Music training for the development of auditory skills.

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  • 1Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory and the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences, Northwestern University, 2240 Campus Drive, Evanston, Illinois 60208, USA. nkraus@northwestern.edu


The effects of music training in relation to brain plasticity have caused excitement, evident from the popularity of books on this topic among scientists and the general public. Neuroscience research has shown that music training leads to changes throughout the auditory system that prime musicians for listening challenges beyond music processing. This effect of music training suggests that, akin to physical exercise and its impact on body fitness, music is a resource that tones the brain for auditory fitness. Therefore, the role of music in shaping individual development deserves consideration.

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