Your Brain on Music, As Explained by Mickey Hart

Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart discovered the true power of music when one of his drum rhythms prompted his grandmother to speak for the first time in a whole year. His grandmother, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, was suddenly aware enough to speak Mickey’s name once she heard the familiar rhythm. This noteworthy event is supported by several studies that conclude how music can dramatically improve the brain. Adam Gazzaley, professor of neuroscience at the University of California at San Francisco, strongly believes in these claims and also explains how musical video games can enhance adults’ ability to multitask. The amazing effects of music led Mickey to speak at the AARP Life at 50 event in New Orleans. His educational and inspiring story eventually evolved into an exciting drum circle with his audience.