There is growing interest among TDLC scientists in the effects of music on the brain. Music is intrinsically temporal – it integrates sensory, motor and affective systems in the brain. Because of its temporal nature, it is an ideal focus for TDLC research, as well as a way to integrate across TDLC networks and initiatives.
Music can affect the brain in many ways, many of which are just now being studied. Music therapy — the clinical application of music to treat a wide range of diagnoses using physiological and medical approaches – has advanced dramatically over the past decade. It is proving to be an effective clinical tool for treating medical diagnoses such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, dementia, stroke, NICU infants, language acquisition, dyslexia, pain management, stress and anxiety, coma, and more.