EDINBURGH, NETRALNEWS.COM - According to a new study, listening to music while studying a task or studying in general can have a positive impact on the part of the brain that processes voice and control movements. The finding, published in the Journal of Brain & Cognition, may have implications for future research on rehabilitation for patients who lose motion control.
"We have long known that music encourages people to move. This study provides the first experimental evidence that adding musical cues while learning can lead to changes in the structure of the white matter in the brain, "said lead researcher Katie Overy of the University of Edinburgh in England, as quoted from Boldsky.
For this study, a small group of volunteers was divided into two groups and required to learn new tasks involving the sequence of finger movements with the non-dominant left hand. Using MRI scans, it was found that groups studying with music showed a significant increase in structural connectivity in the white matter channel that connects the auditory and motor areas on the right side of the brain.
While the group who did not learn by listening to music did not show any changes. Therefore, researchers hope that future studies with larger numbers of participants will check whether music can help a special motor rehabilitation program, such as one of the threatening health disorders that is stroke.