A new study has indicated that Mozart’s music could be useful in helping to reduce the cognitive impact of epilepsy.
Led by the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, the research analysed the effect of playing the classical music to rodents with temporal lobe epilepsy, to see if it would affect their spatial cognition (their awareness, understanding and response to their spatial environment).
According to results published in the medical journal Cognitive Neurodynamics, the animals experienced persistent cognitive impairment as a result of their epilepsy, but exposure to Mozart’s music significantly enhanced their cognitive abilities.
It was also suggested that music intervention may be more effective for improving cognitive function during the early stages after an incident of status epilepticus.
“These findings strongly suggest that Mozart’s music may help to promote the recovery of cognitive damage due to seizure activities, which provides a novel intervention strategy to diminish cognitive deficits in temporal lobe epilepsy patients,” the study concluded.
This is a potentially useful study as many current therapeutic interventions for epilepsy are focused on seizure reduction, rather than protecting or recovering cognitive functions.
Posted by Bob Jones
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