As a brain injury attorney in Southaven, Mississippi, I’ve seen firsthand the devastating effects that memory loss can have on a person and his or her family. Parts of the victim’s life may seem like a dream, or worse, as if they never even happened.
Fortunately, there may be hope for people with severe brain injuries. According a new study, listening to pop music can help patients with severe brain injuries recall personal memories.
A recent Daily Mail article discussed the new finding, in which researchers found that patients with brain injuries recalled a similar number of memories as patients without a brain injury.
The songs were chosen from the whole of the patient’s life and were also played for five control subjects with no brain injury. All volunteers then recorded how familiar they were with the song, whether they liked it, and what memories it evoked.
Doctors conducting the research concluded that the findings suggest music is an effective stimulus for eliciting autobiographical memories and may be beneficial in the rehabilitation of autobiographical amnesia.
More studies will surely explore the relation between music, memory, and emotion in the future. One day, we may be able to fully grasp the mechanisms of music enhancement to memory.
If you have questions about brain injury in Northern Mississippi or the Memphis metro-area, contact an experienced brain injury attorney today. The results of this study are extremely uplifting and show that hope is possible those suffering from memory loss after a severe brain injury.
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