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Monday, 2 April, 2001, 00:06 GMT 01:06 UK
Mozart 'can cut epilepsy'
Music, particularly Mozart, could have a therapeutic effect on epilepsy, say
Short bursts of Mozart's Sonata K448 have been found to decrease epileptic
There are now calls for more research to be done to see whether other music has
such a positive effect on the brain.
Professor John Jenkins, who has reviewed the international research on music
therapy, said it was very probable that work by other musicians could also
trigger the "Mozart Effect."
He told the BBC that Mozart and also Bach have similar structures.
Patients who had been exposed to 10 minutes of the music were then tested and
just 10 minutes exposure improved their spatial skills - such as paper cutting
Studies on rats showed that those who had listened to the K448 sonata were able
to negotiate a maze faster than those who had been played minimalist music or
left in silence.