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How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins


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When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

Executive function is a series of interlinked tasks that includes planning, strategizing, and attention to ________.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Anita Collins
  • Director Sharon Colman Graham
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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