Despite the rise in popularity of medical marijuana for epilepsy, a news study suggests that music may be able to alleviate the disorder.
Scientists from the The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center discovered that listening to music affects the brainwave activity in epileptic patients, leading to a potential treatment in preventing epileptic seizures. According to a news release, the study involve collection of data from 21 epilepsy patients at the medical center from September 2012 to May 2014. Music was played to the patients who were hooked up to an electroencephalogram, a device that monitors brainwave activity. Songs used in the test were My Favorite Things by John Coltrane, Andante Movement II K.448, and Mozart’s Sonata in D Major. The experiments were conducted in people with and without epilepsy.
Results showed increased brainwave activity in all test subjects when the music was played. A more significant development was observed in epileptic patients, as their brainwave patterns were in sync with the music that they were listening to. “We hypothesized that music would be processed in the brain differently than silence. We did not know if this would be the same or different for people with epilepsy,” said study co-author Christine Charyton, PhD.
The researchers believe that their findings will lead to a new kind of treatment for epilepsy patients who want to prevent seizures from happening. “We believe that music could potentially be used as an intervention to help people with epilepsy,” Charyton added.
Majority of epilepsy cases come in the form of temporal lobe epilepsy, wherein the brain’s temporal lobe produce the seizures. A portion of the temporal lobe — called the auditory complex — processes music and sound.