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Mozart Lowers Frequency of Epileptic Fits

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Posted on Oct 10, 2002, 7 a.m. By Bill Freeman

Music, especially Mozart, could have a therapeutic effect on epilepsy say researchers. The study of humans and mice found that spatial skills improved significantly after listening to Mozart's Sonata K448 for just 10-minutes. Furthermore, when epileptics listened to short burst of the sonata the frequency of their epileptic attacks decreased.

Music, especially Mozart, could have a therapeutic effect on epilepsy say researchers. The study of humans and mice found that spatial skills improved significantly after listening to Mozart's Sonata K448 for just 10-minutes. Furthermore, when epileptics listened to short burst of the sonata the frequency of their epileptic attacks decreased. Professor John Jenkins' a member of the Royal College of Physicians, in the UK, who reviewed the study, said it was also likely that work by other musicians could also trigger the so-called "Mozart Effect". Professor Jenkins said of the study, "There is enough in it to justify further work being done - listening to Mozart could just hold some hope in the treatment of epilepsy."

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Reported by www.bbc.co.uk on the 2nd April 2001

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