This is Your Brain on Music
By Connor Frank
Why I Chose this Topic
What exactly is Music Therapy?
In plain English Music Therapy is the use of music to help improve the negative affects of a mental disease, such as memory for Dementia and Alzheimer's by increasing brain activity.
-When Music Therapy is used it increases the activity of the brain especially stimulative music with an upbeat tempo
What Parts of the Brain are being used?
-Music Therapy stimulates all parts of the Limbic system
AMTA has promoted much research exploring the benefits of music therapy for persons with Alzheimer's Disease, this is achieved through peer reviewed journals by psychologists in the field of music therapy. Through their numerous studies they have discovered that not only benefits the memory of people with Alzheimer's disease but also reduces depression among older adults, it can be structured to enhance social/emotional skills, to assist in recall and language skills and to decrease problem behaviors, and it helps to decrease the frequency of agitated and aggressive behaviors for people with dementia.
-Music Therapy originated in veteran hospitals after WWI and WWII
-People of all ages can benefit from music therapy