When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.

What’s going on?

In this short TED video, musician and educator Anita Collins shows how fireworks can go off in a musicians’ brains when they play. She has also examined some of the long-term positive effects of this kind of mental workout.

Who wouldn’t want a better brain?

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