For a long time, we have known that people who have lost the ability to speak words can often still sing them. Most people’s language is handled by the left brain, while music brings the right side into play in the process of singing words.
Now a study reports that new connections are being made by this process, at least in stroke survivors (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8526699.stm). There appears to be new compensatory wiring in the right brain when the left side has been damaged and music therapy is applied.
This leads to another question: How else can such “rewiring” be stimulated in brains damaged by strokes, Alzheimer’s, etc. Can an environment with positive, nurturing relationships, empowerment, engagement and meaning have a similar effect?
Tom Kitwood believed so. He theorized that “rementing’ could occur in dementia given the right environment. It’s looking more and more possible with each new study.
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