Profile: Amy Spray
PhD Student, Psych. Sciences
Amy Spray is a PhD student studying at the University of Liverpool in the department of psychological sciences. Her research focuses on the effects of musical training on the brain. She has looked at links between musical training and language processing and is currently working on research that assesses the presence of any microstrucutural changes that occur following just a short duration of musical training.
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The notion that musical training can have positive effects on cognitive functions other than music has long been a source of interest. Research first emerged at the beginning of the 20th century. Standardized assessments of IQ and musical ability suggested the two were correlated – and it was thought that participation in musical training could improve IQ. Recently, research has shifted focus from effects on musical training on global intelligence and instead focuses on benefits to specific skills and tasks in individuals.