Roll upper Beethoven

This week’s Scientific American blog ‘Mind Matters’ reports that classical music can ease depression.

Researchers at Alzahra University in Tehran took depressed participants and administered Beethoven’s 3rd and 5th piano sonatas in twice-weekly, 15-minute doses. Participants’ depression scores improved significantly – and without side effects.

Mind Matters blogger David Dobbs notes that ‘if classical music publishers could match the drug industry’s marketing budgets, we’d be listening to a lot of Beethoven sonatas‘.

Source: Scientific American Blog: Amusing pain, elevating music, and other jewels from the Society for Neuroscience meeting

Swoon Gold

Several of my own mood stabilizers of choice are included on the Swoon Gold compilation.

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