Teppo Särkämö: Music in treatment of stroke and dementia

Publicerat Earlier lectures, Föreläsningsserien den kulturella hjärnan, Från forskningsfronten

Sarkamo198-2At Wednesday 23 Oct, Teppo Särkämö from Helsinki, gave a very interesting lecture at the ”Culture and Health”-series about music in stroke rehabilitation and treatment of  dementia-patients. In controlled studies, music listening but not literature listening had significant effects after stroke. Both listening to music and singing improved cognitive skills in dementia patients.

Teppo Särkämö from Helsinki/Jyväskylä has made groundbreaking research in using cultural stimuli to help the brain regain functions after a stroke. Dr. Särkämö works as an Academy of Finland post-doctoral researcher at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit (Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki) and at the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research (University of Jyväskylä). Dr. Särkämö’s research focuses on the neural mechanisms of music and speech perception (and their disorders, namely amusia and aphasia), neuroplasticity of auditory and cognitive functions, and the use of music-based interventions in various neurological illnesses (e.g., stroke, dementia, and traumatic brain injury).

Some publications:

Sarkamo et al, Music and Speech Listening Enhance the Recovery of Early Sensory Processing after Stroke. J Cogn Neurosci 22:2716 (2010)

Sarkamo et al, Music listening enhances cognitive recovery and mood after middle cerebral artery stroke. Brain 131:866 (2008)

The lecture:

Interview:

Videos

In his presentation, Dr Särkämö showed a number of videos. Some of then, You can see here:

3 Svar på “Teppo Särkämö: Music in treatment of stroke and dementia”

  1. henrikb

    Now, the discussion on this lecture is open for all participants on the Culture and Health-course.

  2. Irene Østbø

    This was a great lecture! Was left with alot of thoughts, maybe one in particular concerning how each and every person distinguish between ”sound” and ”music” and how this triggers different parts of the brain. I have always thought that what kind of music one enjoys is a more of an environmental thing, maybe it still is? Anyway, this opened up my perception that there is an actual reaction in the brain, something so concrete that happens once exposed to music (yet not, quite complex reaction).This enlightened my knowledge a great deal, thank you Teppo.

    Oh, and after this lecture I went to a gathering at work where there was a sing a long thing. I heard proper amusia for the first time. And here I was thinking tone deafness was just a weakness in the auditory perception. Was quite interessting!

    // Irene
    Stavanger

  3. Mona Larsson

    A very interesting lecture!
    I got to think about how universal music is to mankind. How it speaks to us. Can it be music were our ”language” a very long time ago, some discussions and theories have been heard about this in recent times.
    Hopefully the results from studies in this field soon can get into practice.

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