The Uncanny Power of Music

Alive Inside documents the uncanny power of music to reawaken emotions and lost memories in people with dementia. Rossato-Bennett shadows Dan Cohen, a social worker and founder of the nonprofit Music & Memory, as he brings personalized music on iPods into nursing homes across the country. The transformation in emotion, awareness and memory shown in these elderly patients may leave viewers incredulous, wondering “How is this possible?” A number of researchers have studied this topic, however, and they have some ideas about how music affects the brain—specifically, music that is deeply meaningful to the person. — Annie Sneed


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