In a country where as much as 2.9 million adults and children suffer from epilepsy, it has become more and more important to find a cure that works. And during the recent American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention, it was revealed that experts may have found an effective cure in the form of music.
Experts have found that the brains of people who suffer from epilepsy actually react differently to music than other people. And this finding may just be the basis in coming up with groundbreaking therapies that can help prevent seizures among children and adults.
This possibility was presented by Christine Charyton, PhD. She is an adjunct assistant professor as well as visiting assistant professor of neurology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
A Long Study That Led To A Possible Breakthrough
Charyton and her colleagues have worked tirelessly to compare the music processing abilities of people with epilepsy to people who do not. These led them to collect data from 21 patients who were dealing with epilepsy that were in the epilepsy monitoring unit of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center from September 2012 to May 2014.
After letting patients listen to Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, andante movement and John Coltrane’s rendition of “My Favorite Things,” Charyton said they realized that patients with epilepsy tend to synchronize their brainwave activity more with the music that is playing. Moreover, they found “significantly higher levels of synchronization and spectral EEG activation” when it came to the frontal cortex and temporal cortex.
Hence, they hypothesized that music can effectively “enhance electric activity” in the patient’s frontal and temporal cortices. This means that there is a possibility that music can be effectively used to help prevent seizures among people suffering from epilepsy.
Nonetheless, Charyton said that music is not something that can replace current treatment. Rather, it can be used in conjunction with traditional epilepsy therapy.