Researchers Strike Relation between High Musical Aptitude and Low Hallucination Proneness

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Scientists find a link between brain structure and the likelihood of an individual to experience hallucinations and musical aptitude, according to a new study published by Science Daily in December 2017.

A team of researchers at the University of Liverpool conducted the study, which found that people with higher musical aptitude showed lower hallucination proneness.

Previous research has shown that musicians have increased white matter integrity in the corpus callosum, which connects the left and right halves of the brain, enabling communication between the hemispheres.

Individuals suffering from auditory verbal hallucinations have reduced integrity of the corpus callosum

Researchers from the University’s Psychological Sciences department identified 38 healthy individuals aged between 18 and 63 and tested their propensity to hallucinate, musical aptitude and measured their detailed brain structure using an MRI scanner.

Increasing prevalence of chronic diseases is in turn, increasing the demand for MRI scanning devices, for neuroimaging and investigating neurological cancers, as per MRI systems market report published by Coherent Market Insights.

People with higher aptitude of music showed lower chances of hallucinations, this was positively associated with corpus callosum integrity whereas hallucination proneness was associated with lower integrity in the fibers connecting the two hemispheres of the brain.

“Future research should address whether rehabilitation approaches that include musical training can benefit patients with psychosis.”

The study thus could be used for further research to understand if patients suffering from psychosis can be benefitted from musical training.


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