via the DailyMail.com
Pensioners should revive their youthful dreams of becoming a rockstar, new research suggests.
Learning to play an instrument could prevent their brain succumbing to the effects of old age, scientists claim.
A study found musicians have faster reaction times than those who are unable to play the piano, drums or a guitar.
Alertness is known to decrease in old age, but experts say picking up the skill could keep their brain healthy.
Learning to play an instrument could prevent their brain succumbing to the effects of old age, scientists claim
Researchers from the University de Montreal, Canada, decided to see if there was a way to prevent the negative effects of aging on the brain.
They compared the reaction times of 16 musicians and 19 non-musicians.
The musicians had started playing between the ages of three and 10, and had at least seven years of training.
There were eight pianists, three violinists, two percussionists, one double bassist, one harpist and one viola player.
All but one also mastered a second instrument, or more.
They were sat in a quiet, well-lit room with one hand on a computer mouse and their index finger of the other on a vibro-tactile device – a small box that vibrated intermittently.
A study found musicians have faster reaction times – which decline in old age because of a breakdown in natural brain processes
They were told to click on the mouse when they heard a sound from the speakers in front of them – known as audio stimulation.
While they were also asked to click when the box vibrated – referred to as tactile stimulation.