When Memory Isn't Your Forte:

Carly Carlos

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Why Music Therapy is Interesting to Me

I am an auditory learner by nature. My parents would always tell me that I was insane because I could listen to a song twice and suddenly know a majority of the words. So, naturally, anything learning about how our brains react to and remember sound cues interests me.
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What is Music Therapy for Memory?

Music therapy is mostly utilized for Dementia and Alzheimer's disease patients, as music comprehension is the last thing that these patients tend to lose as their overall mental health declines. Often music therapy starts out as just passive listening to help with memory recall and brain stimulation, and for some increases to patients playing and writing music themselves actively. This is used to keep patients active in both motor skills and cognitively, and to help improve mood and memory processes.
The Scientific Power of Music

Music and the Brain

Brains love music! Music and sound stimulate all parts of our brains, and have a large connection to emotion and memory. Biologists and Physiologists aren't really sure why this is yet, but they at least know that linking memories and facts to a catchy song is one of the best mnemonics, and is studied in several fields.
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Music Therapy Timeline

1800's - Two medical dissertations are published by Edwin Altee and Samuel Matthews discussing the physiological benefits of music on the brain. This is the first known documentation of this correlation.
1930's - E. Thayer Gaston (the father of music theory) establishes the first graduate degree for musical therapists in the US.
1950's - Music Therapy begins to be utilized on the large-scale as a treatment for patients.
Music and the Mind - Health Matters