Making music makes children nicer: study

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From CTV News:

Making music can make a young child nicer, more willing to help, and better at problem solving, a new study finds.

Researchers from the University of West London said that they built on existing 2010 research from German researchers Sebastian Kirschner and Michael Tomasello, who found that making music can significantly improve positive social behavior in young children – meaning, they’re more cooperative, agreeable, and willing to help others.

Findings showed that after the music-making session, children were more than 30 times more likely be helpful than those who didn’t play music. Plus the music group was six times more likely to co-operate than those who listened to the story, with the girls being even more likely to co-operate than the boys.

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