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PostSubject: Music Therapy 'restores vision'   Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:46 am

Music therapy 'restores vision'

Listening to pleasant music could help restore impaired vision in stroke patients, UK research suggests.

Up to 60% of stroke patients develop impaired visual awareness - a condition known as "visual neglect".

They lose the ability to track objects in their visual field on the side opposite to where their brain has been damaged by the stroke.

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study suggests music can help ease the problem.

“ Music appears to improve awareness because of its positive emotional effect on the patient, so similar beneficial effects may also be gained by making the patient happy in other ways ”
Dr David Soto
Imperial College London
It is caused by damage to areas of the brain critical for the integration of vision, attention and action - not the areas responsible for sight.

In extreme cases, patients with visual neglect may eat only the food on the right side of their plate, or shave only half of their face.

The latest study looked at three patients who had lost awareness of half of their field of vision.

They completed tasks under three conditions: while listening to music they liked, music they did not like, and in silence.

All three patients could identify coloured shapes and red lights in their depleted side of vision much more accurately while they were listening to music of their choice.

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One patient could point out light in 65% of cases when listening to his favourite music, but in only 15% of cases when listening to unpleasant music, or silence.

The researchers believe pleasant music generates positive emotions, which may help produce more efficient signalling in the brain, increasing its capacity to process stimuli.

Brain scans confirmed that listening to pleasant music activated areas linked to positive emotional responses, and that activity was coupled with the improvement in patients' performance on the tasks.

Lead researcher Dr David Soto, from Imperial College London, said: "Visual neglect can be a very distressing condition for stroke patients. It has a big effect on their day-to-day lives.

"Our findings suggest that we should think more carefully about the individual emotional factors in patients with visual neglect and in other neurological patients following a stroke.

"Music appears to improve awareness because of its positive emotional effect on the patient, so similar beneficial effects may also be gained by making the patient happy in other ways."

Joanne Murphy, of the Stroke Association said: "This is very interesting research that indicates that a positive emotional state can help a stroke survivor with an obstacle such as visual neglect.

"We would welcome further research into this and other conditions which could help benefit the 150,000 people affected by stroke each year."

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/health/7959732.stm

Published: 2009/03/24 00:07:19 GMT

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PostSubject: Classical!   Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:09 pm

Music such as Mozart or other classical music has been known to give an intelligent boost for a short period of time, while music such as rap has been known to piss me off for a prolonged amount of time.
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PostSubject: Re: Music Therapy 'restores vision'   Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:10 am

Also, it has been shown that plants that have classical music played for them they actually have been known to to grow faster, while rock does too, it isn't as effective. My guess is that because most rock is played with music produced through loud speakers, which likely reduces the purity of the sound, and since sound technically is actually a form of energy, it would make sense that it would affect plants like light does.
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PostSubject: Re: Music Therapy 'restores vision'   Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:54 am

And its also proven, that Barbara Streisand has been proven to kill plants within 30 minutes?

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But seriously, I guess music can activate dormant parts of our brain to some extent, but I'm just wondering why they don't use stem cells?

Just inject some dead baby straight into the body, and he will be stroke free, have no heart problems, and be able to bench 300 pounds.
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PostSubject: Re: Music Therapy 'restores vision'   Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:57 am

Blackout wrote:
And its also proven, that Barbara Streisand has been proven to kill plants within 30 minutes?

Shocked

But seriously, I guess music can activate dormant parts of our brain to some extent, but I'm just wondering why they don't use stem cells?

Just inject some dead baby straight into the body, and he will be stroke free, have no heart problems, and be able to bench 300 pounds.

Well, it's not as simple as you think... You have to get every single DNA strand correctly configured or you will cause more harm than benefit. We haven't fully unlocked human DNA yet so it would be a disaster to do it without further knowledge.
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PostSubject: WHAT!?   Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:09 pm

My country tested this? What a load of shit...
But I do suppose music could stir up emotions, I mean we've all been in the bedroom with a girl and turned on "Mood" music am I right?
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