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Music and the Aging Brain - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128174227, 9780128174234

Music and the Aging Brain

1st Edition

Editors: Lola Cuddy Sylvie Belleville Aline Moussard
Paperback ISBN: 9780128174227
eBook ISBN: 9780128174234
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th May 2020
Page Count: 474
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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
    2. Cognitive aging, memory and attention
    3. Hearing difficulties
    4. Neurodegenerative diseases
    5. Stroke and acquired amusia
    6. “Curious” cases of preservation of musical processing despite disease
    7. Brain plasticity and music training
    8. Cognitive reserve and interventions
    9. Musical activity, practice and cognitive aging
    10. Singing and choirs
    11. Physical activity, dance and brain function
    12. Hearing difficulties, aging, and musical training
    13. Benefits and limits of musical interventions in pathological aging
    14. Therapeutic perspectives
    15. Music therapy
    16. Recovery of skills in stroke patients


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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


"Bringing together numerous experts, the book presents thoroughly what we currently know about music in the aging brain: From fundamental research on basic functioning and potential disorders in the elderly to applied research on music’s boosting power in normal and pathological aging. A complete approach."

--Barbara Tillmann, CNRS Research Director, Lyon Neuroscience Research Center, France


"Recent years have seen a great deal of progress in understanding both the mental processes associated with aging, and those related to music. Cuddy, Belleville, and Moussard are top experts in the domains of aging, music, and neurocognition. By applying careful scientific analysis and detailed review, their new edited volume promises to shed light on the intersection of these complex fields that offer both hope and controversy."

--Robert J. Zatorre, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada


"We hear many stories about "the healing power of music." Is there something to them? It's nice to imagine that such a pleasurable pastime can be neuroprotective and immune-protective…well, where's the evidence? Music and the Aging Brain is the book I wish I had written—and it's far better than anything I could have done. Cuddy, et al. bring together the top scientists in the world to tell us the state-of-the-art in music and aging research. There is much to be optimistic about. This book will stand as the bible for music and aging research and interventions for many, many years to come."

—Daniel J. Levitin, James McGill Professor of Neuroscience and Music (Emeritus), McGill University; author of This Is Your Brain on Music and Successful Aging.

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