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

Giulio E. Lancioni, Andrea Bosco, Maria F. De Caro, Nirbhay N. Singh, Mark F. O'reilly, Vanessa A. Green, Gabriele Ferlisi, Valeria Zullo, Fiora D'amico, Luigi M. Addante, Floriana Denitto, Nadia Zonno

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-176
Number of pages8
JournalDevelopmental Neurorehabilitation
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2015

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Microswitch
  • Music stimulation
  • Self-regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Medicine(all)

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    Lancioni, G. E., Bosco, A., De Caro, M. F., Singh, N. N., O'reilly, M. F., Green, V. A., Ferlisi, G., Zullo, V., D'amico, F., Addante, L. M., Denitto, F., & Zonno, N. (2015). Effects of response-related music stimulation versus general music stimulation on positive participation of patients with Alzheimer's disease. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 18(3), 169-176. https://doi.org/10.3109/17518423.2013.802388