"My mind sees that I am nothing, my heart sees that I am everything, between these two poles my life unfolds."

Friday, May 27, 2011

Greetings! I receive the Posit Science Brain Fitness newsletter and find the articles in it sooo interesting. Everything health-related fascinates me, especially anything concerning The Brain and it's inner workings. This month's newsletter reports a study which indicates musician's brains have stronger auditory processing and working memory than non-musicians. Drawing on decades of musical training, the musicians had sharper hearing and thinking skills than their non-musician peers and may be at a lower risk for impediments of aging, such as some age-related memory decline and hearing problems. Learn more.

This makes me wish I had taken my piano lessons more seriously...! I tried out numerous instruments when I was younger, but only dabbled before giving up; the trick is to persevere and get in that 10,000 hours they say it takes before you can get good at anything. It's never too late though, I've read numerous articles stating that one of best things you can do for yourself as you age is learn a new skill - be it ballroom dance, knitting or another language. The important thing is that it be a completely unique challenge.

As for musicians, we've seen way too many rockers going strong far into their 60's and 70's not to recognize this study may indeed hold some merit; Neil Young, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney to name a few. Here's two finely preserved relics, Daryl Hall (64) and Peter Frampton (61) to help prove my point. Enjoy :)


  1. The brain is like any other part of the body - you need to exercise it to keep it in shape, especially as you get older. That being said, I'm not sure I've been learning anything new lately. Does that mean my brain is getting weaker? EEK!

  2. You can absolutely start learning at anytime. I was born in 66 and just started playing the guitar last year. Never to old to learn new tricks.

  3. Speakng of - I signed up with Lumosity and so far I love it! It's exercises for the brain and you can try them free.

    And I also read this book which you might enjoy, it was interesting not in an earth shaking kind of way, but an easy read and super neat info kind of way.


  4. Martha, haha - I think most of us should be getting worried!

    WebDebris, I am truly impressed that you only started playing.

    Tatiana, I checked it out and it looks very interesting. This is the kind of book I pick up and can't put down till it's done. I noticed that he is Canadian. Interestingly, about 2 years ago I started listening to self-hypnosis tapes quite regularly - I am a real believer in the power of the sub-conscious.


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