Good for your Brain, November 2021

Senior Couple dancing to music

Go ahead, indulge in that music!

A new research study at the University of Toronto brings mind-health initiatives some exciting news!

Remember then… that song… when you sang, or danced? The song you still love listening to (sometimes over and over) because it makes you feel so…. good?

Well – now there’s research to back up what you already knew. Music you love is good for you!

Don’t you just love those musical memories?

What the study actually says:

“We have new brain-based evidence that autobiographically salient music – that is, music that holds special meaning for a person, like the song they danced to at their wedding – stimulates neural connectivity in ways that help maintain higher levels of functioning,”

This from Michael Thaut, senior author of the study, director of U of T’s Music and Health Science Research Collaboratory and a professor in both the Faculty of Music and Temerty Faculty of Medicine.


Our Creative Sparks program is on our daughter site, Music is Brain Food. This program explores various aspects of music and its affect on our mind, emotions, and physical well-being. Each month Dr. Joshua Berrett leads a workshop during which he explains a musical topic and takes questions.

Don’t miss the upcoming zoom session on Sunday, November 21 at 4:00pm Eastern Time. Become a Spark! Member to join us for the discussion and the follow up materials. If you are already a Spark! member, log into the Spark! Members’ Content area for the session link, and for more Creative Sparks that we’ve added to the archive!

Music becomes a truly powerful brain food when you listen with heightened awareness.

~Joshua Berrett, Ph.D.


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