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Do Musicians Have Better Brains?

Posted at 3:58 PM on May 25, 2011 by John Birge

From the Freakonomics blog:

"A new study argues that musicians have more highly developed brains.
This makes musicians alert, interested in learning, disposed to see the whole picture, calm, and playful. The same traits have previously been found among world-class athletes, top-level managers, and individuals who practice transcendental meditation.
Musicians also exhibited higher levels of moral reasoning and had more frequent "peak experiences"- intense moments of happiness and feelings of transcending limitations."

You can read the report at the Freakonomics blog.

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