Favorite Music, Memory, and Mood in Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients

Bailey Miller Hanover College
Faculty Sponsor(s): John Krantz Hanover College
Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating illness that not only destroys memory, but it strips a person of who they are and what they have always believed in. Sparking strong associations with the past might help recall the memories that shaped who the people were before the onset of the illness. This study was designed to assess the effects that different types of music, researcher-chosen music and self-chosen music, has on autobiographical memory recall and mood in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. There were 13 participants that were visited on three different occasions at an assisted living facility. Participants were asked to recall a memory from their childhood either while listening to a song they chose or one the researcher chose. Mood was assessed before and after the participant listened to the song. It was predicted that when exposed to self-chosen music, people with Alzheimer’s would recall a more vivid autobiographical memory, compared to when exposed to researcher-chosen music. It was predicted that mood would increase after music exposure, regardless of the two conditions; but a more significant difference would be in the self-chosen condition. These findings will provide families and caregivers insight that music could be of great benefit in helping their loved ones fight such a horrific disease.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:00 AM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 103