This is Your Brain on Music

By Connor Frank

Why I Chose this Topic

I chose to research the topic of Music Therapy because as a musician it has always fascinated me to learn about the effect music has on the brain. By researching and studying this topic more in depth it will help Alzheimer & Dementia patients with their memory.

What exactly is Music Therapy?

The Definition of Music Therapy is: the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

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.
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The Brain

What is going on in the brain at this time?
-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
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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.

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Other Facts

-Music is used in general hospitals to: alleviate pain in conjunction with anesthesia or pain medication: elevate patients' mood and counteract depression
-Music Therapy originated in veteran hospitals after WWI and WWII
-People of all ages can benefit from music therapy
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