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Music and the Brain

                                 Children at N.Y. Zoo (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress) If you thought music was just a means of entertainment, you are in for a surprise. Recent studies show that there is in fact a lot to music than what meets the “ear”. In recent years many acoustic experts and researchers have carried out experiments to show a correlation between brain function , cognition and music. One such experiment studied and compared the brain responses and sound recognition of pre-school children who were being trained in music to those who were not. It was observed that children who received musical training not only had better sound recognition but their auditory cortex appeared modified in comparison to the other group. The children also demonstrated enhancement in memory and attention level in comparison to the non- musical group . Musical training is also observed to have a remarkable impact on children suffering from dyslexia. Training in