I’ve been reading about this really interesting study about how, by listening to his favorite music, a stroke victim can recover much more easily than when he was doing therapy without the music. What’s odd is that it actually helped repair eye-brain connections.
“In a prominent paper published last year in Brain, Finnish researchers measured the cognitive recoveries of 60 stroke victims who listened to music, audio books or nothing at all while undergoing standard therapy. Patients in the music group fared best…”
From the Discover Magazine article:
“Says lead researcher David Soto: “One of the patients chose Kenny Rogers, another Frank Sinatra and the third a country rock band. It’s not a particular kind of music that’s important, as long as the patient enjoys it” [Daily Mail].”
I can imagine it now: people of my generation in their senior years carrying burned CDs of Cake and Weezer with “Play in Case of Stroke” written on them.