Friday, June 13, 2008

music + child = one smart kid!

Many years ago, there was a craze about something called the Mozart Effect. Research had shown that listening to the complex patterns found in classical music could actually enhance the cognitive development of children. Parents flocked to the music store for classical CDs. However in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, a closer look at this study has revealed that listening to any music that is personally enjoyable can have a positive effect on cognitive development. In one study, scientists found more grey matter in the auditory cortex of the right hemisphere in musicians compared to non-musicians. It is also thought that music enhances the immune system and mental health of the listener. So go ahead and enjoy some family music time; you can feel great about the benefits that you are giving to your child and yourself!

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