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Playing musical instruments stimulates our brains cross-laterally

Psychology for my students #12

We know that playing musical instruments stimulates our brains cross-laterally - which is why playing is recommended as an anti-dementia strategy.

The British Gymnastics foundation has now developed a series of cross-lateral armchair exercises for those with dementia which seem very relevant for musicians. They're fun to do, and pupils of all ages are likely to enjoy them. One involves the simultaneous conducting of two-time with one hand and three-time with the other! I'm willing to bet that they'll help anyone who struggles with co-ordination, and note reading, as well as helping us all insure against dementia!