Sound Research: Scientists are discovering new physical and mental benefits to listening to music

Several small-scale studies suggest some surprising benefits of listening to music, from the brain down to the blood vessels. A team at Stanford University's School of Medicine reports that listening to music might hold an adaptive evolutionary purpose, sharpening the ability to anticipate events and sustain focus.  Finnish researchers have found that music could help aid cognitive recovery soon after a stroke. Another study out of the University of Maryland School of Medicine finds that listening to music can also promote the functioning of blood vessels. Finally, a study published in January by the Cochrane Collaboration suggests that listening to or making music with trained therapists can help in treating depression.

Wall Street Journal, December 12, 2008

Written By: Juliet Chung

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