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Fine-tuned Brains

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A photo of a violinist practicing.

Musical training refines how your brain processes sound. Research shows our basic sensory circuitry changes with experience and practice.

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An illustration showing how musicians process sound differently from non-musicians.

Musicians show enhanced and economic responses intricately connected with processing sound and the communication of emotional states.

Credit: Kraus Auditory Neuroscience Lab, Northwestern University


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A collage of images showing different stages of playing a cello.

Learning to play a musical instrument can change the auditory system and enhance verbal skills.

Credit: Kraus Auditory Neuroscience Lab, Northwestern University


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