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A new study demonstrates the positive impact that learning to play the piano or other musical instrument has on the brain’s ability to process sights and sounds, and shows how it can also help to lift a blue mood.

Researchers at the University of Bath, writing in the academic journal Nature Scientific Reports, report that beginners who undertook piano lessons for just one hour a week over 11 weeks reported significant improvements in recognizing audio-visual changes in the environment. Study participants also reported less depression, stress, and anxiety.