Author: Lancioni GE, Bosco A, De Caro MF, Singh NN, O'Reilly MF, Green VA, Ferlisi G, Zullo V, D'Amico F, Addante LM, Denitto F, Zonno N.
Department of Neuroscience and Sense Organs, University of Bari , Bari , Italy .
Conference/Journal: Dev Neurorehabil.
Date published: 2013 Jul 19
Other: Word Count: 151
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.