Music and the Aging Brain

Music and the Aging Brain

1st Edition - May 28, 2020

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  • Editors: Lola Cuddy, Sylvie Belleville, Aline Moussard
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128174227
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128174234

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Music and the Aging Brain describes brain functioning in aging and addresses the power of music to  protect the brain from loss of function and how to cope with the ravages of brain diseases that accompany aging. By studying the power of music in aging through the lens of neuroscience, behavioral, and clinical science, the book explains brain organization and function. Written for those researching the brain and aging, the book provides solid examples of research fundamentals, including rigorous standards for sample selection, control groups, description of intervention activities, measures of health outcomes, statistical methods, and logically stated conclusions.

Key Features

  • Summarizes brain structures supporting music perception and cognition
  • Examines and explains music as neuroprotective in normal aging
  • Addresses the association of hearing loss to dementia
  • Promotes a neurological approach for research in music as therapy
  • Proposes questions for future research in music and aging


Clinicians, researchers, and students in neuroscience, gerontology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, sociology, biology, and other related health care professions tasked with caring for the aging population

Table of Contents

  • 1. The musical brain
    Stefan Koelsch and Geir Olve Skeie

    Part 1 Effects of Aging on Music Processing

    2. Processing of musical pitch, time, and emotion in older adults
    Andrea R. Halpern

    3. Age-related hearing loss
    Margaret Kathleen Pichora-Fuller

    Part 2 Disorders of Musical Perception and Memory

    4. Disorders of music processing in dementia
    Elia Benhamou and Jason D. Warren

    5. Stroke and acquired amusia
    Aleksi J. Sihvonen and Teppo Sarkamo

    6. “Curious” cases of preservation of music compositional ability in the presence of organic brain disease: historical examples
    Lola L. Cuddy and Jacalyn M. Duffin

    Part 3 The Power of Music as Neuroprotection in Normal Aging

    7. Theories of cognitive aging: a look at potential benefits of music training on the aging brain
    T.M. Vanessa Chan and Claude Alain

    8. Training-induced cognitive and neural changes in musicians: implications for health aging
    Brenda Hanna-Pladdy and Miriam Menken

    9. Singing and choirs
    Annabel J. Cohen

    10. Effects on cognition of physical activity with or without music and of dance
    David Predovan and Louis Bherer

    11. Toward music-based auditory rehabilitation for older adults
    Benjamin Rich Zendel and Sarah Sauve

    Part 4 The Power of Music in Rehabilitation and Care in Disorderd Aging

    12. Benefits and limits of musical interventions in pathological aging
    Herve Platel and Mathilde Groussard

    13. Why do music-based interventions benefit persons with neurodegenerative disease?
    Lise Hobeika and Severine Samson

    14. Neurorehabilitation in aging through neurologic music therapy
    Michael Thaut and Yuko Koshimori

    15. The use of rhythm in rehabilitation for patients with movement disorders
    Simone Dalla Bella

    16. The impact of music interventions on motor rehabilitation following stroke in elderly
    Eckart Altenmuller and Clara E. James

    Afterword: concluding thoughts and future direction

Product details

  • No. of pages: 474
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: May 28, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128174227
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128174234

About the Editors

Lola Cuddy

Lola Cuddy is Full Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychology, Queen’s University, where she founded and directed the Music Cognition Laboratory. Research interests include the perceptual, cognitive, and emotional processes involved in music appreciation and understanding. Recent work has focused on individual differences in musical and prosodic skills and sensitivities, and such topics as absolute pitch, tone deafness, effects of music lessons on nonmusical cognitive skills, musical dyslexia, aging and music, amusia following stroke, and sparing of musical memories in Alzheimer's Disease. She was editor of the flagship journal Music Perception (2002-2017) and is a current associate editor of Cognitive Processing.

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Queen’s University at Kingston, Kingston, ON, Canada

Sylvie Belleville

Sylvie Belleville is Full professor at the Psychology Department of University of Montreal and Director of the Research Center of the Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal. She is recognized for her work on the use of cognitive training to prevent age-related cognitive decline. She identified processes of compensation and plasticity in mild cognitive impairment using brain imaging techniques and also contributed to a better understanding of the neuropsychological deficits found in persons with very early signs of Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment. She published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging and Brain Plasticity.

Affiliations and Expertise

Centre de recherche, Institut Universitaire de Geriatrie de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Aline Moussard

Aline Moussard is a neuropsychologist specialized in applied research related to the use of music as a tool for cognitive stimulation in healthy and clinical populations. She is also a project manager at the Research Center of the Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal, and is currently coordinating a multisite research project on dementia prevention that uses cognitive training and stimulating leisure activities (including music practice) to build and strengthen cognitive reserve in healthy older adults.

Affiliations and Expertise

Centre de recherche, Institut Universitaire de Geriatrie de Montreal. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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