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Mozart 'can cut epilepsy'

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  • Ian Pitchford
    BBC NEWS ONLINE Monday, 2 April, 2001, 00:06 GMT 01:06 UK Mozart can cut epilepsy Music, particularly Mozart, could have a therapeutic effect on epilepsy,
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      BBC NEWS ONLINE
      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
      scientists.
      Short bursts of Mozart's Sonata K448 have been found to decrease epileptic
      attacks.

      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
      and folding.

      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.

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