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Musicogenic Seizures

musicogenic seizures

Thought for the day: Musicogenic Seizures are triggered by music, not by just any sounds or noises. In fact they are apparently “in no way related” to audiogenic or sound-induced seizures which are “attributed to a peculiar susceptibility of subcortical structures”.* Which begs the question -when do sounds and noises become music and what is actually triggering these phenomenal fits?

* Avanzini, G. Muiscogenic Seizures, Ann. N.y. Acad. Sci. 999: 95-102 (2003)

Image: Ictal scalp electroencephalogram. The patient’s EEG shows rhythmic discharges originating from the right temporal lobe during a musicogenic seizure. source:

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