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Music for stroke sufferers

20th February 2008

According to Finnish researchers a little Beethoven goes a long way to helping stroke recovery.

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The study shows listening to a few hours of music each day soon after a stroke can have notable beneficial effects.

Dr Teppo Sarkamo, a psychologist at the University of Helsinki, published his findings in the journal Brain.

A random selection of 60 stroke patients was assigned to a music group, a language group, or a control group.  They had all received standard stroke rehabilitation treatment. The music group received CDs of their favourite music, and the language group received books on tape.

All patients kept listening diaries.

Sarkamo said "We found that three months after the stroke, verbal memory improved from the first week post-stroke by 60% in music listeners, 18% in audio-book listeners, and 29% in non-listeners".

 

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