Principal Investigators

    Särkämö Teppo


    University of Helsinki

    Contact information of lead PI



    Title of project or programme

    Singing and Playing in the Recovering and Degenerating Brain: Efficacy and Neural Mechanisms of Music in Stroke, Brain Injury, and Alzheimer’s Disease

    Source of funding information

    Academy of Finland

    Total sum awarded (Euro)

    € 138,288

    Start date of award


    Total duration of award in years



    Research Abstract

    Musical activities, such as singing, instrument playing and music listening, are highly enjoyable, stimulating and versatile actions for the brain. In severe neurological disorders, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), music can be very rewarding and motivating and can provide a powerful tool for cognitive, verbal, motor and emotional rehabilitation, but more evidence for its efficacy and neural mechanisms is needed. Using a unique combination of behavioural, hormonal, and neuroimaging measures in the context of 4 clinical trials involving 240 patients, the goal of the project is to determine the efficacy of instrumental music rehabilitation in TBI, everyday music listening in stroke, and choir singing in aphasia; uncover the neural basis for the rehabilitative effect of music; explore the capacity for singing and song learning in aphasia; and assess the preservation of musical emotions and memories in AD, ranging from mild to end-stage dementia.

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Types: Investments < €500k
Member States: Finland
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Years: 2016
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