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|From the Reporter|
|Scientists are tracking the physical changes in children’s brains as they learn a musical instrument. They will then compare those changes to the development of kids taking karate and to kids practicing neither.|
|Researchers want to know whether music or karate provide provable benefits to learning, behavior and the physical brain in kids over five years.|
|The San Diego Youth Symphony’s Community Opus afterschool program in Chula Vista has the music kids; The Neurosciences Institute has the music-and-brain experts; and UC San Diego’s Center for Human Development specializes in collecting brain, behavioral and IQ data from kids.|