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Making Music To Sharpen Aging Brains

SOPHIE BUSHWICK: You talked about there being a variety of genres, a variety of different kinds of music.

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Making Music To Sharpen Aging Brains

So you mean like specific songs that are meaningful to the people playing the music? So if you can imagine hearing Louis Armstrong kind of beebopping around but then hearing that in Italian, I think that is so genius. And the older adults get such a kick out of hearing their favorite song on the clarinet or on the piano.

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Making Music To Sharpen Aging Brains

And she did a lovely job categorizing music in a really smart way.

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Making Music To Sharpen Aging Brains

JENNIE DORRIS: Thanks for having me. Are people able to kind of build different memory muscles through the use of music? And then I had people who were like, can I now try to demonstrate that for you at the end of class, so, say, 30 minutes later? What would we find? There was a drum circle in Taiwan that had beautiful results in terms of affecting anxiety, and that was really neat to see. JENNIE DORRIS: I think all of those things are important.

Making Music To Sharpen Aging Brains

We also saw some really beautiful work coming out of South Korea, where the design is to really have you reminisce about childhood songs. We talked about there being like a small effect. SOPHIE BUSHWICK: Is music difficult to study because of that variety? We looked at a range of things, both cognitive functioning as well as emotional well-being, like your quality of life, your mood, anxiety, and depression.

Making Music To Sharpen Aging Brains

JENNIE DORRIS: Thanks for having me.

Making Music To Sharpen Aging Brains

And so one of the fun results is to be able to say that, yes, you can sing. But we also saw that single studies were affecting mood, quality of life. And we would play songs, both songs that were familiar and brand-new songs to the participants.

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