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Neurological Music Therapy for Speech and Language Rehabilitation

A person playing a guitar with a blue brain overlay. Music.

The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Brain

Yune S. Lee, Corene Thaut and Charlene Santoni

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Every year, approximately 800,000 people have a stroke in the United States alone. Among these individuals, roughly 100,000 are diagnosed with aphasia—a disorder characterized by profound challenges in daily communication with their families and peers. Notably, many individuals with aphasia can sing despite their speech difficulties, an observation that led to the development of melodic-intonation therapy (MIT) in the 1970s. Although MIT has since been accepted as a viable aphasia therapy by the American Academy of Neurology, the underlying neurological mechanisms that enable speech recovery remain to be characterized.

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Yune S. Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor; Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing; School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences; Director of Speech, Language, and Music (SLAM) Laboratory