Wednesday Workshop – How Music Positively Affects the Brain and Memory
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. While scientists around the world work hard to find new ways to treat dementia, family caregivers try their best to make do with the resources available to them. One tool that many people overlook is music!
Many dementia patients can remember and sing songs even in the late stages of the disease, even after they’ve stopped recognizing faces. It can bring the patient pleasure in knowing the words to their favorite songs. There is growing evidence that listening to familiar music can help stimulate otherwise lost memories in a person and can assist with maintaining some cognitive function.
Music can also be used to stimulate communication and memory skills. Music helps make social interactions happier, which explains why music is an essential part of things like birthday parties, weddings, and sporting events. Some of the extra benefits include:
- Positive changes in mood
- Promotes movement and vocalization
- Improves memory and recall temporarily
But, how does it work?
Since the beginning of time, music has been known to calm people down and provide soothing relief from stress. Today’s neuroscientists, who are equipped with brain scanning technology, can clearly see where and how music positively affects the brain.
Scientists have found that music engages areas of the brain involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in memory. Studies suggest that music can help the brain organize incoming information. Also, research shows that listening to music releases dopamine (the happy chemical) in the brain sending pleasure signals to the rest of the body.
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