How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain

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When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

download Creators:

  • Educator – Anita Collins
  • Director – Sharon Colman Graham
  • Script Editor – Alex Gendler


Jessica Grahn is a cognitive neuroscientist who chases the musical mysteries of the mind.

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