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Play an Instrument? You May React Faster as a Result

Posted February 02, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A new study shows that musicians have faster reaction times to sensory stimuli than non-musicians. They were told to click the mouse when they heard a burst of sound from the speakers, when the box vibrated, or when both happened. Subjects wore earplugs to mask any buzzing “audio clue” when the box vibrated.


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02/02/2017 12:33 PM

Then I must have extremely fast reflexes!

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02/02/2017 12:41 PM

Which? Fast as in DISCO, or fast as in HEAVY METAL, or fast as in HEAD BANGERS?

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02/02/2017 6:10 PM

It would be logical if you were playing with other musicians that you would learn to sense whether you were ahead or behind and to compensate. I suspect this ability would contribute to the fast reaction time.

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02/02/2017 9:43 PM

Does the sweet potato ocarina count?

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02/03/2017 12:51 AM

Videogames have the same effect. And they can be played for free.

Another example are sports, especially fight related.

In conclussion, your advertisement of musical instruments is a bit pointless.

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02/03/2017 8:46 AM

As a professional musician I can attest to this. My wife directed a community band for retired people, and I think regularly practicing and playing kept many of them sharp, even if they didn't sound so great. Neuroscientists have known for some time that playing music engages more of the brain than almost any activity because the player must consider pitch, numerical rhythm, motion, breathing, etc. in real time.

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02/03/2017 11:51 AM

That should not come as a surprise. Playing a musical instrument requires manual dexterity, and this skill, as any other skill, is enhanced with practice.

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