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Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. --Plato

Henry, an iPod, and the Alchemy of Music

--by Huffington Post, syndicated from huffingtonpost.ca, Apr 17, 2012

Smell may be the sense most associated with memory, but hearing just took a big leap in the same direction.

Alive Inside, a documentary premiering next week in New York, investigates a social worker's attempt to engage seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's at a nursing home. When he discovers how well it works, he brings in neurologist Oliver Sacks, and the two embark on an experiment to see music's impact on this population.

The video above has become a viral hit as more people discover it, and it's no surprise -- people's connection with music, particularly music from their younger years, elicits strong emotions, and some researchers have even suggested it as a necessity for people.

Ray Mueller, a member of the Shumei Arts Council of America’s Advisory Board, told Psychology Suite 101, “Research has located specific areas of mental activity linked to emotional responses to music. It seems music is a human need and the brain is able to act as a function to satisfy that need.”

For older populations, music has been associated with everything from helping uncover memories in patients with Alzheimer's to reducing falls during exercise.

The video is also affiliated with Music & Memory, an organization dedicated to helping seniors connect to music, including collecting used iPods for donation.




This article is reprinted with permission from the Huffington Post's Good News Channel. More from them: Man Who Was Given 14 Days To Live Climbs The World's 7 Highest Peaks A Ugandan Teen's Incredible Journey From A Village School To Harvard 10-Year-Old Invents Groundbreaking Video Game For The Visually Disabled


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