Toronto Sun | Jazz event raising money for Alzheimer’s and dementia research

Feb 29, 2019

Remember the Music — an afternoon filled with great jazz talent playing the classics with the goal of raising money for research into Alzheimer’s and other dementia that takes place April 5 at 2 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre. The organizers specifically chose an earlier time because that is when the patients are at their most responsive. […] Dr. Michael Thaut and his colleague Dr. Fischer pioneered the idea that there was a connection between music and dementia. “We were the first group that actually looked at this at St. Michael’s Hospital. We conducted brain scanning tests while the patients listened to music. The music creates a huge network of many different regions, some of the deeper regions which are not affected by Alzheimer’s,” says Thaut.

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CBC News | Why studying music and the brain is so fascinating, and so difficult

Nov 9, 2019

New research is shedding light on how the brain interacts with music. It also highlights how challenging it is to study the issue effectively due to the highly personalized nature of how we interpret it […] “If you grow up in a different musical language environment, so to speak, your brain responds to other genres other music cultures very, very differently,” says Michael Thaut, a professor of music and neuroscience at the University of Toronto […]

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CBC News | Familiar music could give Alzheimer’s patients a cognitive boost, study suggests

Nov 7, 2018

It’s long been known that Alzheimer’s patients often retain musical memories, even when recall of names, faces and places has been lost as the disease relentlessly destroys key areas of the brain […] Michael Thaut, the study’s lead author and a professor of music and neuroscience at the University of Toronto, said it’s common for people in even relatively advanced stages of Alzheimer’s to call to mind the melodies and lyrics of songs from their past, as well as the autobiographical memories attached to the music […]

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CBC RadioHow music helps rehab patients learn how to move again 

May 25, 2018

Lynn Lewis has a neurological disorder and uses music to help her regain the use of her arms. She’s not alone. Research on patients who’ve suffered some injury to the brain that affects movement — like stroke or Parkinson’s disease — have suggested that using music with the right tempo “can improve their walking ability.” “Music is part of the most complex auditory language the brain ever invented,” said Professor Michael Thaut, who’s at the forefront of research on how music can alter the brain networks to heal the body […]

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