Music has an amazing knack to change your mood, trigger memories, and nurture emotional associations. But did you know that some genres, particularly classical music, help you to heal?
Music and dementia
A recent documentary looked at a social worker's attempts to engage people with Dementia using music. When this was so effective, she brought in the neurologist Oliver Sacks to do an experiment into music's impact.
This video has become viral and it's no surprise. It was created by Music & Memory who help the elderly through music. This then shows the innate musicality people have - particularly with music from their younger years - to create strong emotions. Some researchers have even suggested that music is a human need and the brain works to satisfy this emotional response.
If anyone needs proof of the effect music can have on people, this is it. Music has been associated with everything from helping to uncover memories in those who have Alzheimer's to reducing falls in exercise. In this experiment, music let Henry activate a part of his brain that was thought inaccessible and open his heart to the world.
This post was updated on 01 Aug, 2023.