Mozart's piano concertos have a beneficial effect on the human health and can reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures. That is the conclusion reached by two researchers from the University of Pisa. They conducted a comprehensive new analysis of Wolfang Amadeus Mozart's piano music and found that listening to the composer's concerts can reduce the frequency of the epileptic seizures.
Back in the 90s of the last century, the scientists first suggested that listening to Mozart was beneficial for mental health. There were several studies on the topic, but in each case there was some skepticism and the results of the scientific research were not taken seriously.
The new study was conducted by two Italian researchers, they are Gianluca Sesso and Dr. Federico Sicca. They limited their interest in the composer's music, focusing on studying its impact on the patients with an epilepsy. The observations showed that listening to Mozart's music every day led to a significant reduction in the number of seizures. In patients, the so-called interictal epileptiform discharges decreased. The effects appeared after the first listening.
According to Gianluca Sesso, it is not the first review of the influence of the composer's music on a serious illness, and now the scientists decided to combine all the previous and new results to see the big picture.
An epilepsy is very common; today it occurs in every hundredth inhabitant of the planet. Treatment of the disease occurs mainly with complex drugs, but drugs do not work for 30% of patients. Therefore, it is necessary to find new methods of treatment.
Analysis of listening to Mozart found that seizure reductions ranged from 31 to 66%, depending on how often the patient listened to the concertos. The main composition that produces the greatest effect, according to the researchers, is the Sonata for Two Pianos.
Observing the effects of such a method, the scientists believe that it is necessary to increase attention to non-invasive methods of brain stimulation in the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. Listening to Mozart concertos is one of such option.