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From the Reporter
The Quest
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.
The Science
Researchers want to know whether music or karate provide provable benefits to learning, behavior and the physical brain in kids over five years.
The Players
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.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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