Study says learning a musical instrument increases your IQ by 10%


January 27, 2021, 13:37 | Updated: January 28, 2021, 3:58 PM

Learning a musical instrument increases IQ by 10 percent, according to a study.

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Taking a musical instrument gives you a higher IQ, according to a new study of more than 4,600 volunteers.

New research has claimed that learning to play a musical instrument increases intelligence by 10 percent.

In a six-month study coordinated by, The world’s largest DIY community, 4,694 volunteers have chosen a new hobby to embrace during the coronavirus lockdown. Among the hobbies chosen were knitting, exercising and learning an instrument.

The volunteers then took an IQ test, before being grouped according to the chosen activity. After six months, they were retested and the researchers indexed and averaged their scores.

The highest IQ increase came from music creators, with an average score increase of 9.71%.

Before they used an instrument, the average IQ score of new musicians was 103. When they were tested again six months later, it had risen to 113.

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Scores on IQ tests, which are used to measure various cognitive reasoning skills, average around 100 in general.

Music prevailed over other hobbies including knitting, which saw an average increase of 9.68 percent, exercise (7.37 percent) and reading (7.07 percent) .

The most popular instrument, according to the study, was the guitar, with 31% of volunteers choosing to learn it.

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The cognitive impact of playing an instrument has been widely studied. A 2014 Ted speaks presented by Dr. Anita Collins, researcher in brain development and music learning, who has been viewed over 10 million times, explains why ‘fireworks’ go off in musicians’ brains when they play .

Collins explains that when a musician plays an instrument, neuroscientists have seen multiple areas of the brain “light up” as he processes different information in “complex, interrelated, and surprisingly fast sequences.”

“Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout,” Collins adds.

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A more recent study, led by experts at Stanford University School of Medicine, found that musicians who started playing an instrument at a young age have more “connected” brains.

Using a sample of 153 musicians and non-musicians, the researchers found a significant difference in the structure of the brain in musicians.

More so, the team found that those who started playing at a young age had stronger brain connections than those who didn’t start until later.

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