A team from Beijing Normal University studied a group of adults aged between 19 and 21 who had studied music as children.

Grahn said: “It’s actually knows from other work from different groups that playing musical instruments and engaging in musical training before the age of seven seems to have greater effects on brain structure than the same activity engaged in later. However, we also know the brain is more responsive at a younger age anyway. So it tends to respond to any activities that we engage in as young children more than when we engage in these activities as an adult.

“It could be that the musical training is causing the changes in the brain structure, but it could also be that children who have these changes for genetic reasons are somehow more drawn to or more attracted to music and musical instruments and therefore they engage in that training more and more actively.”

(Voice of Russia)