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Listening to Mozart has a beneficial effect on epilepsy

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Dr Gianluca Sesso, University of Pisa, Italy
ECNP 2020
Listening to Mozart’s music can reduce the frequency of seizures in patients with epilepsy, according to a meta-analysis conducted by Dr Gianluca Sesso (University of Pisa, Italy) [1]. The hypothesis that listening to Mozart’s music may be beneficial for epileptic patients has been investigated in previous studies, yet whether the “Mozart Effect” exists is still controversial. This was the motivation for a meta-analysis in which 147 abstracts were collected, of which 12 articles were included [2]. The particular pieces of music assessed were Mozart’s Sonata for two pianos in D major K448, Mozart’s piano sonata in C major K545, and a set of Mozart’s compositions. Listening to Mozart, especially when daily, led to a significant reduction in epileptic seizures. Patients experienced a significant reduction versus baseline in seizure frequency during the treatment periods (31.17%; 95% CI 20.70-41.64), in interictal epileptiform discharge (IED) frequency...

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