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Music Therapy Improves Stroke Outcomes
Date:2/20/2008

s observed in audio book listeners and non-listeners. These differences were still essentially the same six months after the stroke."

Patients in the music listening group were less depressed and confused than non-listeners.

The researchers said three neural mechanisms may be involved in how music helps stroke patients' recovery:

  • Enhanced alertness, attention and mood, mediated by a part of the nervous system (the dopaminergic mesocorticolimbic system) that plays a role in pleasure, reward, arousal, motivation and memory.
  • Direct stimulation of the recovery of damaged areas of the brain.
  • Simulation of mechanisms related to brain plasticity -- the ability of the brain to repair and renew its neural networks after damage.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about stroke rehabilitation.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Brain, news release, Feb. 19, 2008


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