We play the ukulele because it is so fun! We also play it because it stimulates mirror neurons.
A University of Virginia study showed increased brain activity in children who played the ukulele. Mirror neurons enable us to feel each other’s pain. If I hurt my knee you might wince. The wince is your mirror neurons at work! Some children have trouble developing mirror neurons. The ukulele stimulates the gut, 70 percent of serotonin is in your gut — it is like a second brain –. When the serotonin is released, the brain is more efficient. The vibrations of the ukulele against the tummies is important. Positioning the fingers on the string while strumming also creates brain activity. Playing the ukulele helps build coordination and is a crossing the midline exercise!