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Neurologic Music Therapy in Sensorimotor Rehabilitation

One of the most intriguing aspects of the effect of music on the brain that has come into new focus in recent research has been the effect of music on movement. Using music to elicit motor response and enhance motor behavior has been a part of all documented societal functions of music, as well as of many healing rituals throughout history in many cultures (Merriam 1964). In particular, rhythmical accompaniment of motor activities, such as dancing, has been a common part of therapeutic practice. More recently, however, the impact of music and rhythm on motor processes has become the focus of scientific study and clinical practice in neurologic rehabilitation.