Singing to bring memories back
In cases of Alzheimer’s disease, aphasia and ageing, there is growing evidence for preservation of music-evoked memories and emotions in singing. This could make music and singing an alternative channel for verbal and emotional expression, inducing memory and self-awareness. In this context, the EU-funded PREMUS project will compare and identify the effects of the different depths in seniors’ engagement in singing activity for speech perception and production and cognitive, emotional and social functioning. The research team will analyse social and neural bases of singing’s effects in normal ageing compared to different stages of Alzheimer’s disease. PREMUS’s goal is to explore and formulate novel interventions based on choir singing, melodic intonation and music-based therapies in ageing, aphasia and dementia patients.
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Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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