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Scientists will use music to help patients with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease



This was told by specialists from St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto in Canada. They studied 14 participants in the experiment – 8 ordinary patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and 6 musicians.

For three weeks, all participants were given a number of songs that they knew and loved well, and as many similar in sound and style, but not close. While listening to music, each participant underwent an MRI scan.

Studies have shown that when music is just like that, the auditory cortex of the brain is activated. But when listening to music that is significant for a person, neurons in many parts of the brain were activated. Experts believe that it is especially important to engage the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for the control of many cognitive processes. In addition to it, the subcortical structures became active.

All this, according to scientists, speaks of the development of neuroplasticity and the corresponding capabilities to suppress the development of Alzheimer’s disease. This is also evidenced by the different reactions to compositions in musicians and in ordinary patients.

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