Journal article

Music training is neuroprotective for verbal cognition in focal epilepsy

Laura J Bird, Graeme D Jackson, Sarah J Wilson

Brain | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2019


Focal epilepsy is a unilateral brain network disorder, providing an ideal neuropathological model with which to study the effects of focal neural disruption on a range of cognitive processes. While language and memory functions have been extensively investigated in focal epilepsy, music cognition has received less attention, particularly in patients with music training or expertise. This represents a critical gap in the literature. A better understanding of the effects of epilepsy on music cognition may provide greater insight into the mechanisms behind disease- and training-related neuroplasticity, which may have implications for clinical practice. In this cross-sectional study, we comprehe..

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Awarded by NHMRC practitioner fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

G.D.J. was supported by an NHMRC practitioner fellowship (1060312). This study forms part of the PhD thesis of L.J.B., who was supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award, and postgraduate research funding from the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne.