In addition to the many ways music activates the brain, neurological studies show that happy tunes, with a fast tempo and often written in a major key, make us breathe faster. Sad songs, with a slow tempo and written in a minor key, slow the pulse.
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How do our bodies react to music?
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Does mental retardation run in families?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Mental retardation caused by chromosomal abnormalities, genetic disorders, inherited metabolic disorders and some infectious diseases may run in families. Genetic testing can help families evaluate their risk for having a child with mental retardation. At-risk women should be tested prior to getting pregnant.
Is brain damage always permanent?
Harry Kerasidis, MD, Neurology, answeredThe brain is capable of healing. The brain may show signs of degeneration over time, but it can also regenerate itself given the right environment. From early childhood to early adulthood, the brain continues to develop until around the age of 25 years old. Even in the adult brain, neurons continue to form new connections, strengthen existing connections, or eliminate connections as we continue to learn. Recent studies have shown that reversing brain damage caused from years of playing football is possible, and neurons have capability to regenerate if the conditions are right.
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