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Posts Tagged ‘music’

Music Therapy?

Friday, September 10th, 2010

PsychCentral: Music Prescription for Depression

Researchers are investigating how the emotionally soothing effect of music can augment the treatment of depression and the management of physical pain…This could make it possible, within a few years, to develop computer programs which identify pieces of music that will influence a individual’s mood (e.g. to motivate them when exercising or when studying for exams), meet their emotional needs and help them cope better with physical pain.

Music is Brain Food

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Don’t want to learn an instrument?  Just turn on the radio.  From the L.A. Times:

“Music is sort of the perfect activity that people can engage in from young to older years. It affects how the brain develops and affects how the brain changes in structure” at any age, Schlaug says.

For the mature brain, even listening to beloved music may have what scientists call a “neuroprotective” effect…