Stroke patient says Kenny Rogers helped brain recovery
Mike Pensom loves country and western music, particularly anything by Kenny Rogers. He hates hip hop and rap. But recently Mike found that his musical likes and dislikes also have a profound effect on his brain. Twenty years ago Mike had a stroke which caused problems with the left-hand side of his body and left him missing things in part of his field of vision. But when scientists played him his favourite tunes he has seen more - and when they played the stuff he did not like there was no change. "When they played Kenny Rogers for me I was able to spot things that I was not able to see before"