Playing an Instrument Is a Great Workout For Your Brain: New Animation Explains Why

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Get me a piano teacher, stat!  When I was a child, my father, enchanted by the notion that I might someday provide live piano accompaniment to his evening cocktails, signed me up for lessons with a mild-mannered widow who—if memory serves—charged 50¢ an hour. Had I only been forced to practice more regularly, I’d have no trouble remembering the exact price of these lessons. My memory would be a supremely robust thing of beauty. Ditto my math skills, my cognitive function, my ability to multitask.

http://www.openculture.com/2014/08/playing-an-instrument-is-a-great-workout-for-your-brain.html