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Re: Musician's IQ

Sorry I can't access this reference (am on holiday), but a researcher in Manchester, Uk, in the late '90s  or early this century, using fMRi and members of orchestra (pro musicians) found positive correlations between offsets of age-related deficits in memory and spatial tasks, and time spent practiing music. Although this isn't directly addressing the IQ question (and I'm not even sure one can, anyway) it is addressing a behavioural outcome of IQ, in the form of sepcific cognitive tasks.
It's not suprising really, given McGuire et al's findings on development of part of thed hippocampus and time spent learning and using London maps in the study of cab drivers in the 90s
p.s - in any event, I can't help feeling that trying to prove such a huge proposition as the correlation(s) between IQ (howsoever measured) and musical skills and practise, is far too big a task for an undergrad dissertation - or have I got the wrong end of the stick?
Dr Peter Lennox
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Faculty of Arts, design and Technology
University of Derby, UK
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From: AUDITORY - Research in Auditory Perception [AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Al Bregman [al.bregman@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: 09 August 2008 03:37
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Subject: Re: Musician's IQ

Dear list,

I've been reading the discussion on musicians and intelligence.  As an
experimental psychologist, I see a  major problem in the
interpretation of any data about the IQ of musicians:   Even if it
were found that musicians were smarter than non-musicians, and better
musicians were even smarter, a question about the direction of
causality would arise.  Are people better musicians because they are
smarter or vice-versa?

Research that was seriously interested in the effects of music on
intelligence would have to use identical twins who differed in musical
training, or at least take out the effects of the IQs of the parents
through covariance analysis.

Albert S. Bregman, Emeritus Professor
Psychology Department, McGill University
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