NIH Bets $20 Million Music Can Heal Our Brains

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency, is spending $20 million over five years to study music’s potential to ease symptoms of an array of disorders including Parkinson’s disease, stroke and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “The potential is enormous.” Research aims to advance scientists’ understanding of music’s “mechanism of action” in the brain and how it may be applied more broadly to treat symptoms of disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, chronic pain and other disorders.

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