So what's next? Here's another way to boost your brain power through music:
2. Learn to play a musical instrument.
You’re never too old, or young, really, to learn a new instrument. And doing so is tremendously beneficial to the brain. Why? Because learning something new increases the “plasticity” of the brain.
What? Is my brain plastic? No, it means that the brain continues to be able to learn new things as it ages, and can even regain lost use after damage caused by disease or injury.
We used to think the brain was pretty well set after childhood, but recent brain research shows the brain continues to change and adapt into adulthood. We now know the brain has enormous capacity and learning an instrument as an adult is not only possible, but may greatly enhance your cognitive abilities! Call that guitar teacher whose business card you tucked away in a drawer – now is the time to dust off that 6-string and strum away! I learned guitar after turning 50, so if I can do it, you certainly can.