No real surprise but affirming and important to hear.
A new study by University of Vermont College of Medicine researchers shows that playing instruments helps "kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety."
Called "the largest investigation of the association between playing a musical instrument and brain development," the study was conducted by a team of child psychiatrists who concluded that music is a vital component to a youngsters' environment.
This research was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
For more thoughts about the study and other ideas for productive hobbies, check out this article from Yahoo Parenting. Not sure about "video games" although my son, Ben, would be thrilled. (Can just hear him now: "SEE MOM!@#! I told you!")
My thoughts for activities that keep the brain sharp? Filling-out cross word puzzles, learning foreign languages.
What do you think?