Music is a kind of medicine. We use it to medicate horrible break-ups, jolt us out of torpor, and calm us in moments of over-excitement. Writing in the New Yorker, Maria Konnikova reports on a recent experiment in Tokyo that found that mice recovering from heart transplant surgeries recovered significantly better when given music to listen to, specifically Mozart and Verdi. They speculated that using music in a four-four time signature played between 60 and 80 beats per minute corresponds to the normal heartbeat of a healthy person, and helps encourage the body to begin functioning at a normal pace while recovering from an invasive procedure. Mice given Enya music to listen to while recuperating had markedly less effective recoveries. Go figure.

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