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Music enhances category fluency in healthy older adults and Alzheimer's disease patients

Thompson, R. G.; Moulin, C. J.A.; Jones, R. W.; Hayre, S.


R. G. Thompson

C. J.A. Moulin

R. W. Jones

S. Hayre


Exposure to some music, in particular classical music, has been reported to produce transient increases in cognitive performance. The authors investigated the effect of listening to an excerpt of Vivaldi's Four Seasons on category fluency in healthy older adult controls and Alzheimer's disease patients. In a counterbalanced repeated-measure design, participants completed two, 1-min category fluency tasks whilst listening to an excerpt of Vivaldi and two, 1-min category fluency tasks without music. The authors report a positive effect of music on category fluency, with performance in the music condition exceeding performance without music in both the healthy older adult control participants and the Alzheimer's disease patients. In keeping with previous reports, the authors conclude that music enhances attentional processes, and that this can be demonstrated in Alzheimer's disease.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2005
Journal Experimental Aging Research
Print ISSN 0361-073X
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 1
Pages 91-99
Keywords music, alzheimer's disease, dementia
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