How does the brain interpret sound, music?

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Neuroimaging is being used at Baycrest to investigate how brain areas perceive and remember information that is heard, and how this changes as we age.
 
Hearing aids can amplify the sounds we hear when someone is talking, but the brain’s ability to interpret that sound into understandable words declines during aging.  

Dr. Claude Alain’s lab is developing a computer-based training program to exercise and boost the part of the brain that enables individuals to understand and follow conversations in noisy environments. When older adults can follow what’s being said, they are more likely to participate in social interactions that improve their quality of life.

Somehow music activates memories in dementia patients

 
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