A new scientific study advises people suffering from a stroke to listen to songs regularly to hope to regain the use of speech faster.
American and Finnish researchers have observed that listening to songs boosted language recovery after a stroke. Their work appeared on June 17 in the specialist journal in Euro. In detail, scientists observed better recovery of the structural connectivity of the linguistic network in the left frontal lobe of the brain, compared to listening to audiobooks. These structural changes have been correlated with a recovery of language skills.
“For the first time, we were able to demonstrate that the positive effects of sung music are linked to the structural and functional plasticity of the language network. This expands our understanding of the mechanisms of action of music-based neurological rehabilitation methods.”, Commented Aleksi Sihvonen, first author of the study.
The researcher believes that listening to songs can be an interesting and unconventional approach to rehabilitation. “Such an activity can be organized easily, safely and effectively even in the early stages of rehabilitation”, He underlined. “Unfortunately, much of the time spent in the hospital is not stimulating. In those moments, listening to music could be a useful and additional rehabilitation measure which can have a positive effect on recovery, improving the prognosis ”, concluded the researcher, in a communicated.
The study conducted here compared the effect of listening to songs, instrumental music, and audiobooks on the structural and functional recovery of the language brain network of stroke patients. The team further examined the links between these brain changes and speech recovery during three months of follow-up.