What is it about?
Individuals with Alzheimer's disease and healthy older adults listened to music they knew well that made them feel either happy/positive or sad/negative emotions. After listening to about 5 minutes of music, participants self-reported feeling the expected emotion (happy with happy music, sad with sad music). These emotions persisted for up to 20 minutes. However, the Alzheimer's patients demonstrated significantly impaired memory for the cause of their emotions.
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Why is it important?
This study illustrates the importance of considering that emotion-inducing events impact people whether they remember what happened to them or not. This implies that the manner in which we treat and engage with individuals with Alzheimer's and related dementias (significant memory impairment) matters. It is the third study in this line of research, but the first to demonstrate this intriguing dissociation between memory and emotion using familiar music as the stimulus.
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This page is a summary of: Hooked on a Feeling: Influence of Brief Exposure to Familiar Music on Feelings of Emotion in Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease, Journal of Alzheimer s Disease, November 2020, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/jad-200889.
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American Music Therapy Association
Website for the American Music Therapy Association, the professional organization for credentialed music therapists in the United States of America. The term "music therapy" connotes a particular set of expertise and training, much like "physical therapy" or "occupational therapy." The basic research presented in this study informs music therapy practice and music medicine (i.e., music used therapeutically by nurses, doctors, etc.).
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