NEWSLETTER: NOVEMBER 2016

This year Lumos Labs, who created the popular brain training resource Lumosity, agreed to pay $2m to settle Federal allegations that it had deceived users about the benefits of using its software. The FTC said that “Lumosity preyed on people’s fears about aged related cognitive decline, but simply did not have the science to back up its ads.”

Apps like Lumosity promise to improve maths ability and memory language skills, but scientists and psychologists are now saying the results are exaggerated. It seems brain training Apps may be not be beneficial after all.

A new report by The Guardian suggests that learning a musical instrument may be the key to better brain function. The research suggests that learning a musical instrument can be beneficial at any age. Doing so may even be helpful for those recovering from brain injuries.

It appears that even short periods of musical training can have lasting benefits, enhancing verbal memory, spatial reasoning and maths and literacy skills. Music is an emotive language that reaches parts of the brain that other things can’t. It is a strong cognitive stimulus that grows the brain in a way that nothing else does. The evidence to support this is very robust.

Playing music is a complex experience, that involves information integration. What we perceive as sight, sound and touch as well as the dexterity it takes to master even the simplest piece of music, creates lasting changes in the brain. More recently, it has come to light that the benefits of musical training seem to last decades. It seems learning a musical instrument protects the brain against cognitive impairment and dementia. Music training perhaps, is one of the most effective forms of brain training available.

Here at SONUS MAGUS we aim to help choose and find the right instrument for you. We can connect you with a competent teacher and to get those neurons firing. Whether you are 8 or 80, come and see us and we can put you in touch with a more intelligent you.

Anurajyati (be in love)

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