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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2015, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (3): 419-429.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.00419

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The Effects of Music Training on Cognitive Abilities

WANG Hang1; JIANG Jun2; JIANG Cunmei1   

  1. (1 Music College, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234, China) (2 College of Education, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234, China)
  • Received:2014-07-25 Online:2015-03-15 Published:2015-03-15
  • Contact: JIANG Cunmei, E-mail:


In modern society, more and more children receive music training in order to improve cognitive abilities. Focusing language, spatial, and mathematical abilities, the effects of music training on cognitive abilities were investigated. The results showed that although the relationship between music training and cognitive abilities was complex, music training not only was positively associated with language perception, language production, and spatial visualization abilities, but also could improve these cognitive abilities to a certain extent. The current findings may provide empirical evidence for music education.

Key words: music training, cognitive abilities, language ability, spatial ability, mathematical ability