The scientists hope that their research will help develop new therapies for the elderly suffering from cognitive and neurodegenerative disorders.
American neuroscientists and psychiatrists have concluded that listening to favorite songs helps develop memory in older people.
An article about the work of scientists from Northeastern University, Berklee College of Music, Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School was published by Scientific Reports.
As part of the study, scientists asked a group of 16 people aged 54 to 89 from Boston listen to music for 8 hours straight. The group was equally divided between men and women. Using MRI, the scientists scanned the participants' brains before and after listening.
As it turned out, favorite music playlists helped create an auditory channel directly to the medial prefrontal cortex, the brain's reward center. Music that was familiar and liked by the participants activated the auditory and reward areas of the brain more than other songs.