Can You Treat Parkinson’s Disease with Techno Music? Maybe.

Here’s some cool news out of McMaster University in Hamilton: techno music might be a viable treatment for people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. For the explanation, let’s go to Thump:

McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, is finally going to answer some hard-hitting questions like: What do brainwaves look like when they’re waiting for a fat bass drop? Or, how would your killer Chromeo cover band sound if they played at Carnegie Hall?

The Large Interactive Virtual Environment (LIVE) Lab is a one of a kind studio that makes use of active acoustic control, EEG (electroencephalogram) caps, heart rate monitors, motion sensors, and various other tools in order to measure both the audience and the performers’ reactions to music. Since the applications of such an impressive array of equipment aren’t necessarily obvious by mere mention alone, Dr. Laurel Trainor, the Director of McMaster’s Institute for Music and the Mind, explained things.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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