Musical Training Creates New Brain Connections in Children suggesting possible targeted interventions for treating ADHD and Autism

Taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children and may be useful in treating autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). More about the study here

White matter fiber density in healthy children before and after nine months of musical instruction. DTI results showed an increase in FA and axon fiber length in different areas of the brain, most notably in the minor forceps.

**The forceps minor, also known as the anterior forceps, is a fibre bundle which connects the lateral and medial surfaces of the frontal lobes and crosses the midline via the genu of the corpus callosum. The minor forceps is implicated in multiple cognitive and affective disorders, such as Schizophrenia, ADHD, Depression, Autism and Fatigue.