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Music & Epilepsy

How does music affect persons with epilepsy? In some cases it can alleviate symptoms, whereas in others it can make matters worse. Music and epilepsy Epilepsy that’s triggered by musical stimulation is known as musicogenic epilepsy. This form of epilepsy was first noted by British Neurologist Macdonald Critchely in 1937. Musicogenic epilepsy can be described as a form of reflex epilepsy (epilepsy that is triggered by a stimulus). Seizures are induced by exposure to a certain type of music. The musical trigger is different for everyone. For some, it may be a specific song, whereas others are triggered by a pitch or instrument. According to a study of the disorder, a response can be linked to emotional or cognitive appreciation of the stimulus. Simply thinking or dreaming about the stimulati...

FOR PERSONS WITH EPILEPSY – MOZART MAY BE MEDICINAL

New research confirms listening to a much-studied Mozart sonata has an anti-epileptic effect on children. The Mozart Effect —the notion that listening to music of the classical-era master, particularly his sublime Sonata for Two Pianos, can boost brain power—has experienced something of a renaissance. While some claims that circulated during its early ’90s media frenzy have been debunked, periodic studies have provided evidence that Mozart’s music improves cognition in young and old alike. New research from the University of Edinburgh provides confirmation it can be very beneficial for one specific group of people: children suffering from epilepsy. A common test that detects electrical activity in the brain reveals “there is an anti-epileptic effect of Mozart music,”...

The Correlation of Music and Epilepsy

By EpilepsyU Guest Author:  Marie Miguel Did you know that about 20 to 40 percent of epilepsy patients have DRE or drug-resistant epilepsy? That’s about 400,000 Americans! Some also refer to this condition as intractable, uncontrolled, refractory, or pharmacoresistant epilepsy. However, even in patients who respond well to pharmacological treatments, side-effects like liver damage, psychiatric symptoms, dizziness and cognitive impairment are common. Fortunately, the speed at which science and technology develops is amazing. Solutions like EHR help in data collection that can aid in the improvement and study of non-pharmacological treatments like music therapy.

Music Therapy May Hold Promise For Treating Epilepsy

We know that listening to classical music can lower blood pressure, reduce stress levels and even boost learning. But could it also help prevent seizures in people with epilepsy? Now that neurologists have found that the brains of people with epilepsy process music very differently than the brains of people without the condition, this may be a real possibility. The new research showed that when patients with epilepsy are listening to classical and jazz music, their brainwave patterns actually sync up with the melodies. “Like musicians whose brains synchronize with music, persons with epilepsy synchronize to the music in the temporal lobe, where majority of seizures begin,” Christine Charyton, Ph.D., a neurologist at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and one of the...

Songwriter draws inspiration from epilepsy

When Gary Campbell sits down to write a song, he often doesn’t have to look further than his own life to find inspiration. “Everything I write about is true; I don’t lie. I don’t make things up,” said Campbell, who lives in Lancaster. One of the personal topics that has come up again and again in Campbell’s songwriting is his 10-year battle with seizures. His willingness to sing openly about his medical condition caught the attention of the Maryland-based Epilepsy Foundation, which recently invited him to perform live on Saturday during the National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, D.C.

Phoenix Releases New Album Title With Seizure-Inducing Website Teaser

As a supporter of the band Phoenix, I (@admin on EpilepsyU) am personally disappointed that they would release a teaser like this. Please do not visit the official Phoenix website site if you have Photosensitive Epilepsy!!! We have chosen to not include a direct link to the site, but it is easy to find by entering “We are Phoenix” in Google. —– Phoenix, the critically acclaimed French band that broke out big-time with their 2009 full-length, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, recently announced their imminent return with a new album scheduled for release in April of this year. Now the band has posted a bizarre, seizure-inducing update to their official website, with the words “PHOENIX BANKRUPT!” flashing in a rapid-fire eruption of color to announce the album’s title, Bankru...

Music and Epilepsy

Music and epilepsy is a very complex subject. To people that have auditory epilepsy or seizures that are triggered by music or sound, the thought of music as a treatment is a very strange idea. His name was Kung Tsu Chen.  He was a Chinese poet in 1847 when he described a rare but very real phenomenon now known as “musicogenic epilepsy”.  With musicogenic epilepsy, the individual suffers from brain seizures that are triggered by music, and in his case a very specific kind of music.  You see, Kung Tsu Chen recorded that though he didn’t know why, he would become sick when he would hear the sound of a street vendor’s flute during the evening sun. Researchers tell us that this form of epilepsy can appear as a result of many kinds of music.  In the case of our Chinese poet the trig...