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“Remarkably, the cognitive scores increased to levels similar to undergraduates taking the same cognitive tests for the first time,” Wu said. “Our finding of continuous cognitive growth in older adulthood is unique because most studies show only maintenance of cognitive abilities or cognitive decline over time.”

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Leah Ferguson, Debaleena Sain, Esra Kürüm, Carla M. Strickland-Hughes, George W. Rebok, Rachel Wu. One-year cognitive outcomes from a multiple real-world skill learning intervention with older adults. Aging & Mental Health, 2023; 1 DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2023.2197847

Musical expertise makes older adults better listeners by keeping brain young

“Playing music makes older adults better listeners by preserving youthful neural patterns as well as recruiting additional compensatory brain regions. Our study provides empirical evidence to support that playing music keeps your brain sharp, young, and focused,” said Dr. DU, corresponding author of this study.

Zhang, L., Wang, X., Alain, C., & Du, Y. (2023). Successful aging of musicians: Preservation of sensorimotor regions aids audiovisual speech-in-noise perception. Science Advances. https://doi.org/adg7056

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