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 Post subject: Elvis tune has soothing effect for Williams syndro
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:07 pm 
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One of Elvis Presley's more soothing ballads may actually have medicinal value, according to a recent study.

"Love Me Tender," one of the king's earlier hits from 1956, appears to help some individuals with Williams syndrome by causing spikes in hormone levels, concludes the study conducted by Julie Korenberg from the University of Utah.

Williams syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that causes sufferers to struggle with reasoning, numbers and spatial relations. About one out of every 10,000 people worldwide is affected.

The idea of using music isn't new as a means of helping those with Williams syndrome.

"Children with Williams syndrome are extraordinarily responsive to music," said Oliver Sacks, author of "Musicophilia.

William Ellis, a former music writer for The Commercial Appeal and now an assistant professor of music at Saint Michael's College in Vermont, said "Love Me Tender" has a predictability that is easy to follow and inevitable. It follows through with quarter and half notes for the length of the song.

The Korenberg study shows that 13 participants who had Williams syndrome experienced an increase in hormone levels when music was being played, and the increase demonstrated an ability to control their difficulties with spatial reasoning and abstract thought.

The other eight study participants experienced no change in hormones.

Korenberg said the study results may lead to finding the ability to treat autism and anxiety as well since they are similar to Williams syndrome.

"Everything is put in the right place musically," Ellis noted. "It makes sense that the hormones change through his music."

Source: Go Memphis, 26.June, 2012 by Kayla Pickrell



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:43 pm 
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:) This is a Great Article, Thank You For Sharing. :hug:



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