Scientists find that listening to a Mozart sonata can help people with epilepsy

According to a recent study, listening to Mozart for just 30 seconds can help calm certain areas of the brain and prevent epilepsy attacks in people in drug-resistant remission.

Data from the experience were published in Scientific Reports. To study this phenomenon, scientists used the results of electroencephalograms of 16, adult volunteers diagnosed with epilepsy. They listened to a variety of musical clips, which had a duration of 15 to 90 seconds. Mozart’s sonata was among the listened to pieces.

Scientists found that listening to the Mozart sonata in a variation of the performance of two pianos in D major (but this does not apply to other excerpts of the sonata) reduced the number of bursts of electrical activity of the brain by an average of 66.5%.

It is noted that the greatest response was noticed in the right and left frontal cortices. These areas of the brain are responsible for emotional aspects. According to previous studies, theta activity may be associated with positive emotional reactions to music.

Also back in 1993, it was discovered that listening to Mozart for ten minutes improves spatial thinking. At the moment, research on the music of Mozart and other performers on the human body and brain continues.