Emotional Power of Music in Patients With Memory Disorders: Clinical Implications of Cognitive Neuroscience


Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences




By adapting methods of cognitive psychology to neuropsychology, we examined memory and familiarity abilities in music in relation to emotion. First we present data illustrating how the emotional content of stimuli influences memory for music. Second, we discuss recent findings obtained in patients with two different brain disorders (medically intractable epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease) that show relatively spared memory performance for music, despite severe verbal memory disorders. Studies on musical memory and its relation to emotion open up paths for new strategies in cognitive rehabilitation and reinstate the importance of examining interactions between cognitive and clinical neurosciences.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Cognitive Abilities; Emotional Functioning; Memory; Music Cognition; Neurodegenerative Disorders

Indexed Terms

Adolescents; Alzheimer Disease; Auditory Perception; Children; Cognition; Emotions; Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe; Memory; Memory Disorders; Neurosciences

Study Type

Quasi-Experimental Study; Quantitative Methods

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