Study shows singing is good medicine for the brain

October 03, 2018 - 3:30 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) --  Do you want to do better at work or school? Have you considered singing?

Learning to sing promotes structural changes in the brain that help you learn and think quicker on your feet. 

The best research on this subject has come from a study on, of all things, songbirds. High resolution imaging revealed structural changes to the brain within 24 hours of learning their first song. Cells related to learning in the brain became larger and more directly involved in processing information. 

Studies have shown there are similar changes in human brains.  

That is because when the researchers noticed this in the songbirds they applied what they learned to testing humans. The take-home message is that music can be good for you and it makes sense to take advantage of this.