Well…maybe in two ways, at least. Working memory is the capacity to hold onto information even as you are processing it—to consider how it confirms, contradicts, and adjusts your previous knowledge. This is essential to being a good learner. Short-term memory is different but equally important.
A new meta-study of 29 existing research studies affirms that musicians develop better working memory and short-term memory skills than non-musicians. The researchers, who are from Italy, found that the memory advantage extended beyond music into verbal and visual instruction. In this article, the authors consider the reasons for this effect that improves thinking and learning. Check it out here!
Date Published: 14 March 2018