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The Mozart Effect on memory in patients with cognitive decline (PID2020-118672RB-I00)

Despite evidence that music therapy may be useful for behavioral symptoms related to dementia, there is scarce evidence concerning its positive effects on cognition in patients with neurodegenerative diseases. This project aims to investigate the efficacy of background music in enhancing a) memory in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and b) attention (alerting, orienting, and executive attention) in Parkinson’s disease. In the context of this project, we aim to investigate alternative theories that explain the critical role of strategies to bind new information to learning contexts and the arousal induced by music.

Research team

Marco Calabria
Principal Investigator, UOC
Carmen García-Sánchez
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
Francesco Ciongoli
Ph.D. student, UOC

Scientific articles

Calabria, M., Ciongoli, F., Grunden, N., Ordás, C., & García-Sánchez, C. (2023). Background music and memory in Mild Cognitive Impairment: the role of interindividual differences. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 1-15. Full text

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