Music and Neuroplasticity

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Research on Music, the Brain, and Neuroplasticity!

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Research Article Summaries on Music, the Brain, and Neuroplasticity!

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Music and the Brain!

Part of our Public Education Program

Research Article Summaries on Music and the Brain!

Part of our Public Education Program

MMM is continuing to pursue opportunities to confirm the beneficial effects of music therapy and to explore it as a viable alternative treatment in delaying the symptoms of neurodegenerative dementias. The goal is to spread awareness about music’s ability to synchronize the mind and connect people with one another. Playing a musical instrument is likened to a full-body work out for the brain, integrating motor, heightened sensory and auditory function, emotion, and other higher order processes of the brain. In addition, it seems to affect lower, more primitive areas of the brain as well. The effect? Music seems to be retained in the brain differently from other sorts of cognition such as memory and language, and can be accessed as a form of communication when other avenues are lost. Please view some relevant research articles in the links below. 

Music & Cognitive Decline Reduction

Does Music Therapy Enhance Behavioral and Cognitive Function in Elderly Dementia Patients? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Zhang et al. (2017)

Music-Based Therapeutic Interventions for People with Dementia

van der Steen et al. (2018)

Benefits of Music Therapy for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease or Alzheimer’s Disease

Lewis (2015)

Music Therapy is a Potential Intervention for Cognition of Alzheimer's Disease: A Mini Review

Fang, Ye, Huangfu, & Calimag (2017)

Global Music Approaches to Persons with Dementia: Evidence and Practice

Raglio, Filippi, Bellandi, & Stramba-Badiale (2014)

What We Talk About When We Talk About Music as Medicine

Ahtisaari (2015)

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Music & Cognitive Decline Prevention

Playing a Musical Instrument as a Protective Factor Against Dementia and Cognitive Impairment: A Population-Based Twin Study

Balbag, Pedersen, & Gatz (2014)

What Science Says about Music Education

The Discovery of Human Auditory-Motor Entrainment and its Role in the Development of Neurologic Music Therapy

Thaut (2015)

Learning-Induced Neural Plasticity of Speech Processing Before Birth

Partanen et al. (2013)

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Music & Brain Function

Large-Scale Brain Networks Emerge from Dynamic Processing of Musical Timbre, Key and Rhythm

Alluri et al. (2012)

Increased Corpus Callosum Size in Musicians

Schlaug et al. (1995)

Music Drives Brain Plasticity

Jancke (2009)

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Music & Mental Function

Determining the Impact of Passive Music Exposure on Brain Activation and Functional Connectivity Using fMRI in Patients with Early Alzheimer's Disease

Leggieri et al. (2018)

How Musical Training Affects Cognitive Development: Rhythm, Reward and Other Modulating Variables

Miendlarzewska & Trost (2014)