Drums are more than a thing that annoys your neighbors. It would seem the instrument can change the architecture of your mind. A study in the journal Brain and Behavior put twenty experienced drummers into an MRI scanner. It identified that longtime drumming strengthens the corpus callosum, the large framework that connects the two mind hemispheres. It’s almost certainly mainly because drumming involves this sort of highly developed motor functions, with the left and proper palms functioning independently of each other.

“People are inclined to execute motor duties with possibly the left or the proper hand, and if we want both, it is easier to execute synchronous actions,” describes study writer Lara Schlaffke, who researches neuroplasticity at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany. “Drummers, nevertheless, execute actions with different rhythms with both palms and ft at the exact same time.”

This may possibly postpone age-related motor deficits that take place above time, and drumming may possibly even aid stroke victims get back motor competencies. Although the participating musicians had been executing their thing for decades, understanding and practising the drums, or any instrument, is beneficial to the mind at any age—so it is not far too late to discover your internal John Bonham.


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