Music is capable of great feats, and recently researchers have discovered an interesting benefit: some Mozart compositions can “soothe” the brains of people with epilepsy.
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The authors of the study suggest that there is a whole genre of anti-epileptic music that could now be created in the future, based on the Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major K
. To understand the effects of this specific song, the researchers played it to participants with epilepsy, who received brain implants to measure their neural activity. This allowed the authors to monitor a specific type of electrical impulse known as interictal epileptiform discharges, which are strongly associated with epilepsy and can trigger seizures.
for just seconds produced a noticeable decrease in IEDs, particularly in regions of the brain that coordinate emotions, such as the bilateral frontal cortices . However, when study participants listened to their favorite music, no effect was seen. According to the researchers, this suggests that the song K
has an effect on brain activity that is totally independent of whether people like to hear it or not.
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