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The Kenny Rogers Effect

| Music has power. We’ve blogged about David Gray‘s “Babylon” being used as a tool of torture, and how Barry Manilow records were played in Sydney, Australia, to flush teenage loiterers from its parks. But music can also heal, of course. A team of London neuroscientists is claiming that playing Kenny Rogers songs for stroke victims speeds their cognitive recovery. They played the Flying Burrito Brothers Band and Frank Sinatra for their patients too, but Rogers garnered the best results. Explains one researcher: “We were thinking of calling this the Kenny Rogers Effect.” [%comments]