Musicians in a New Study: Smarter, Happier, More Moral?

May 22, 2011

New research shows that musicians’ brains are highly developed in a way that makes the musicians alert, interested in learning, disposed to see the whole picture, calm, and playful. The same traits have previously been found among world-class athletes, top-level managers, and individuals who practice transcendental meditation.

The new study also credits musicians with higher levels of moral reasoning and more transcending “peak experiences” emotionally.

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