Music Can Heal the Brain

William Thompson, Gottfried Schlaug

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Musical Prescriptions

- Music can be a powerful tool in the treatment of brain disorders and acquired injuries, helping patients recover language and motor skills.
- New music-based therapies can trigger neuroplasticity—fostering local connections and long-range pathways that compensate for impairments in damaged regions of the brain.
- The greatest benefits from therapy—cognitive, emotional and social—come from effortful engagement with music.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScientific American: MIND
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


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