Individualized piano instruction enhances executive functioning and working memory in older adults


Bugos et. al

This study evaluates the transfer from the domain-specific, sensorimotor training to cognitive abilities that are affiliated with executive function. Piano instruction was used as a cognitive intervention to abate normal age-related decline in older adults. Thirty-one musically naïve older adults, ages 60-85, were given three assessments to test their cognitive decline. The results show that musical intervention can be a capable cognitive intervention for age-related cognitive decline.