[JPL] Music speeds stroke recovery

Al Karia jctrane at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 12:26:14 EST 2008

i would recommend, for folks interested in music and neurology, that you
make "Musicophilia" by Oliver Sacks (Knopf, 2007) an addition to your
must-read list. Although some portions of this book would be tough-sledding
for those not versed in brain physiology, it is nonetheless a fascinating
review of the links and interactions between music and the brain . Sacks
covers a diverse range of topics in the book including such topics as
"earworms" (those catchy melodies that we can't seem get rid of); "musical
hallucinations" (where a few random notes  or noises  may lead us to
imagined fragments or whole bars of tunes we know); the upside and downside
of having perfect pitch: musical savants.
     Gene Abkarian  KRFC  Ft Collins

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> Music speeds stroke recovery
> 2008/02/20
> A DAILY dose of one¹s favourite pop melodies, classical music or jazz can
> speed up recovery from debilitating strokes, according to a study that was
> published yesterday.
> When stroke patients in Finland listened to music for a couple of hours
> each
> day, their verbal memory and attention span improved significantly
> compared
> to patients who received no musical stimulation, or who listened only to
> stories read aloud, the study reported.
> Those exposed to music also experienced less depression than those in the
> two other control groups.
> Three months after a stroke, verbal memory was boosted by 60 percent among
> those who listened to music, by 18 percent among audio book listeners, and
> by 29 percent among non-listeners, the study¹s lead author, Teppo Sarkamo,
> a
> neuroscientist at Helsinki University, said.
> The differences held true after six months, added the study, published in
> the Oxford University Press journal Brain.
> Sarkamo¹s findings bolster a growing body of research that points to the
> benefits of music and music therapy for conditions including autism,
> schizophrenia and dementia.
> But this was the first time music alone had been shown to have a positive
> effect on victims of brain injuries such as strokes, said Sarkamo. ³Every
> day music listening during early stroke recovery offers a valuable
> addition
> to the patients¹ care, especially if other active forms of rehabilitation
> are not yet feasible.² ‹ Sapa-AFP
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