Arts & Neuroscience
Neurodegenerative Disease (e.g. MS, Parkinson's disease)
Music moves us, and simply listening to music activates movement areas in the brain. Music can also improve the motor symptoms of movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease. Currently, however, we do not know whether individuals' musical abilities matter, or indeed what music characteristics may be important for music to help movement. Here I will discuss studies that shed light on these issues, and the implications of this research for music-focused interventions with patients.