WHY MUSIC IS SO POWERFULLY EFFECTIVE WITH MEMORY
Dr. Paul Nussbaum, clinical neuropsychologist & author of "Save Your Brain"
He states that you can calm the "chaotic brain" and positively stimulate a person with dementia with a proactive approach to activities that have an emphasis on music.
Dr. Peter Whitehouse, author of "The Myth of Alzheimer's"
He believes that guided reminiscing that uses creative imagination (using music) and photos can stimulate the regions of the brain most affected by dementia. The instinctive desire to tell our "story" helps to better engage with the "personhood" of the individual with dementia.
Robert N. Butler
Coined the term "life review" and proposed its therapeutic effects as a valid intervention for people with dementia to help them celebrate their successes.
Dr. Oliver Sacks, Clinical Psychiatrist & Author of "Musicophilia"
Explans how music helps animate and organize and bring a sense of identity. We are "tuned" for music and early memories are "engraved" by rhythms and repititions.
Dr. Brandon Ally, PhD, Dir. of Neuropsychology Research at BUSM Center
Research confirmed patients with AD better able to remember new verbal information when provided in the context of music.
Naomi Ziv, neuropsychologist
"Memory for music remains intact. It enhances focus and affects emotion." Her studies showed an increase in positive behaviors in response to music.
Petr Janata, University of CA, Davis
Found a direct neurological correlation between music and memories. Music not only exercises the brain's memory mechanism, reminiscing also provides positive emotional feedback. The more familiar the music, the stronger the emotional response.
Joshua Foer, Author of "Moonwalking With Einstein"
Explains the art & science of remembering and how the most useful mnemonic trick is the use of song.
The Alzheimer's Poetry Project
Participants showed a high level of positive response to words and lines from poetry they learned in childhood, even in the mid to late stages of Alzheimer's Disease.
L.A. Gerdner, Gerontology Researcher
It has been shown that individualized music is a preferred intervention to reduce anxiety in people with dementia. Provided evidence-based guidelines for family and staff.
Sung, H.C. and Chang, A.M., Researchers
Showed studies that proved the use of preferred music can decrease agitated behaviors.
Dr. Ashley Burgoyne, University of Amsterdam
"It has already been established that music has the most powerful effect on memory than other triggers." Researching to identify features of music that lock in memory.
Dr. Scott Small, Columbia U Neurologist
Different senses activate different parts of the brain, but music effects alot of areas in the brain.
Hanna-Pladdy, Neuropsychologist at Emory
Research shows musical engagement strengthens memory and helps delay detrimental effects of aging.