Listening to favourite music improves brain function in Alzheimer’s patients: U of T research

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Listening to music that has emotional meaning helps patients with memory issues, according to new research. 🎶

“We have new brain-based evidence that… music that holds special meaning for a person, like the song they danced to at their wedding, stimulates neural connectivity in ways that help maintain higher levels of functioning,” says Michael Thaut, director of University of Toronto’s Music and Health Science Research Collaboratory and a professor in both the Faculty of Music and Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

Repeated listening to personally meaningful music induces beneficial brain plasticity in patients with mild cognitive impairment or early Alzheimer’s disease, a new study by researchers at the University of Toronto and Unity Health Toronto suggests.