If you know someone who’s had a stroke, get them to start singing—it will help their recovery.
Singing helps counter aphasia, which affects the stroke sufferer’s ability to speak and understand what is being said.
A technique known as melodic intonation therapy is the best for improving rehabilitation, communication and social activity, a research group from the University of Helsinki discovered. The therapy helps the sufferer regain speech by using simple melodies and musical rhythm.
It was tested against other singing therapies on a group of stroke sufferers with aphasia.
Brain Communications, 2022; doi: 10.1093/braincomms/fcac337