Playing Music Can Offset Aging Process

Photo: Stilfehler (CC)

Photo: Stilfehler (CC)

Via ScienceDaily:

Age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training, according to a new study from Northwestern University.

The study is the first to provide biological evidence that lifelong musical experience has an impact on the aging process.

Measuring the automatic brain responses of younger and older musicians and non-musicians to speech sounds, researchers in the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory discovered that older musicians had a distinct neural timing advantage.

“The older musicians not only outperformed their older non-musician counterparts, they encoded the sound stimuli as quickly and accurately as the younger non-musicians,” said Northwestern neuroscientist Nina Kraus. “This reinforces the idea that how we actively experience sound over the course of our lives has a profound effect on how our nervous system functions.” …

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  • DeepCough

    All this study explains is how the Rolling Stones are still touring.

    • JaceD

      It was all the drugs and alcohol, they just got preserved.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    I had a neighbor once who bought a bagpipes.

    Damn near stopped him aging altogether.

  • Anarchy Pony

    I guess I’m doomed, I have what Phillip Fry’s music teacher Mrs. Mellinger calls “stupid fingers”. I can’t play any instrument worth a crap.

    • DeepCough

      Head on down to Georgia.

    • Zhenia_3171985

      Have you ever heard of the Sex Pistols?  You can play an instrument, im sure.

      • Anarchy Pony

        No, even they have me beat.

      • JaceD

        I hope you’re joking, Sid Vicious was probably the greatest bass player who ever lived.

        • DeepCough

          Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers has done just as much, if not more, heroin than Sid Vicious and he’s still alive. Fuck you.

          • JaceD

            Whoa whoa whoa, cool your boots sir. Everyone who knows the Sex Pistols, knows Sids level of musicianship… No need for “f”in anybody.

        • Calypso_1

          …I’m going to go have a drink in memory of James Jamerson.

          • JaceD


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