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Dev Neurorehabil. 2015 Jun;18(3):169-76. doi: 10.3109/17518423.2013.802388. Epub 2013 Jul 19.

Effects of response-related music stimulation versus general music stimulation on positive participation of patients with Alzheimer's disease.

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Department of Neuroscience and Sense Organs, University of Bari , Bari , Italy .

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Assessing the effects of response-related music stimulation versus general (response-unrelated) music stimulation on positive participation of 11 new patients with Alzheimer's disease.

METHOD:

The patients were functioning in the severe and low-moderate ranges of the disease. Positive participation included behaviors such as, singing or rhythmic movements and smiles. Both music conditions relied on the display of music/song videos on a computer screen. In the response-related (active) condition, the patients used a simple hand response and a microswitch to determine music stimulation inputs. In the general (unrelated/passive) condition, music stimulation was automatically presented throughout the sessions.

RESULTS:

Data showed that six of the 11 patients had higher levels of positive participation in the response-related stimulation condition. The remaining five patients did not have differences between the two conditions.

CONCLUSION:

Based on this evidence and previous findings, one might consider the use of the active condition beneficial for daily programs.

KEYWORDS:

Alzheimer’s disease; microswitch; music stimulation; self-regulation

PMID:
23869934
DOI:
10.3109/17518423.2013.802388
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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