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How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins

Music is everywhere. It’s in our cars, TVs, stores, restaurants, and even our heads; a lot of parents even sing to babies in the womb. According to fMRI technology, when we listen to music, the brain lights up in multiple regions as we process the sound, take it apart to identify parts like melody and rhythm, and put the sound back together again. As amazing as this is, what happens to the brains of musicians is even more incredible. Did you know that when musicians are at their instruments, it’s as if a fireworks show were taking place in their brains? Check out this video from TedEd to discover music’s amazing impact on the brain. Lesson by Anita Collins, animation by Sharon Colman Graham.