The Effect of Musical Training on the Neural Correlates of Math Processing
Schmithorst, V.J. & Holland, S. J. (2004). Neuroscience Letters, 354, 193-196.
Reviewed by Joyce Jordan-DeCarbo, Ph.D.
Extensive searches failed to uncover an experimental study done with young children, from birth to eight years of age, regarding the connection between music and mathematics. The article under review provides a discussion on the effect of musical training and math processing with normal adults. Following a summary of this study, a second study will summarize a report of an early childhood curricular exploration where musical and mathematical activities were integrated.
Based on evidence from previous behavioral (Schellenberg, 2001) and neuro-imaging studies (Schlaug, Jancke, Huang, Staiger, & Steinmetz, 1995; Schmithorst & Wilke, 2002), the investigators hypothesized that formal musical training through the developmental period would affect the neural…