Music Boosts Memory in Alzheimer’s Patients
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While the parts of the brain where we make memories — the medial temporal lobes like the hippocampus — are the first parts to be ravaged as Alzheimer’s develops, music pulls from the cortical and subcortical areas, which aren’t as damaged by the disease...
Music’s power to soothe or energize is well known, and there is good science behind the use of music to arouse dormant memories even in those whose minds are failing. Now the results of a recent BU study suggest that music may also help people with dementia retain new information, a finding with promising implications for Americans living with Alzheimer’s.
Your brain on music:
neuroscientist and Alzheimer’s researcher