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Music-based therapy may help Alzheimer’s patients remember information

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A recently conducted study has revealed that music helps patients of Alzheimer’s disease remember new information. According to www.sciencedaily.com, the verbal information is better understood and remembered by Alzheimer’s patients when given to them together with some music. The research study has been conducted by a team of researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). AD or Alzheimer’s disease is commonly characterized by increased decline in the cognitive function which includes poor memory.

As per www.physorg.com, during the study a group of Alzeimer’s patients were made to listen to a number of songs, lyrics of which were being scrolled on the monitor together with the music while another set of songs given to them included only spoken recording with the lyrics but without any music.

“Our results confirmed our hypothesis that patients with AD performed better on a task of recognition memory for the lyrics of songs when those lyrics were accompanied by a sung recording than when they were accompanied by a spoken recording,” said Brandon Ally, lead researcher of the study.

The study recently appeared in the online journal called Neuropsychologia. The study also suggested that the revelation may help develop music based therapies to aid Alzheimer’s patients.

Celebrities who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease include former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Charlton Heston. Click to find out more aboutAlzheimer’s disease.

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