06/20/2012 02:16 pm ET

Why Does Music 'Wake' Some Coma Patients?

Why does music seem to help "awaken" some people from their comas? “It was a salient stimulus, something that she is familiar with, like [her] name,” says Dr. Emery Neal Brown, professor of anesthesia at Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and professor of computational neuroscience at MIT.

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