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Ongoing History Daily: Music videos can be used to treat brain injuries

Here’s a new use for music videos: They can be used to treat brain injuries. 

Researchers at the Langone Medical Centre at New York University did a study on patients who had suffered brain damage due to either an accident or illness. Because we know so little about how the brain really works, it can be hard to track a patient’s recovery. This is where music videos come in.

The study showed that by carefully following a patient’s eye movements as they watched a music video, it was possible to gain important insight on the extent of the injury and, in some cases, how to properly treat it.

Who would have thought that music videos could be an important tool in assessing serious head trauma?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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