Recent Research

Here is a list of a few of the research studies that we have recently reviewed:

Neurologic Music Therapy for Stroke

Johansson, B. (2011). Current trends in stroke rehabilitation: A review with focus on brain plasticity.  Acta Neurologica Scandinavica. 123. 147-159.

Thaut, M. Comprehensive coverage of recent events and research as compiled by the staff of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology. McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology © 2003.

Neurologic Music Therapy for Broca’s Aphasia

Conklyn, D., Novak, E., Boissy, Q., Bethoux, F. & CHemali, K. (2012). The effects of modified melodic intonation therapy on nonfluent aphasia: A pilot study. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. 55. 1463-1471.

Kim, M. & Concetta, T. M. (2008). Protocol evaluation for effective music therapy with nonfluent aphasia. Top Stroke Rehabiliatation.15 (6). 555-569.

Law, B.M. Getting in tune with client with aphasia. The ASHA Leader. July 5, 2012 © American Speech-Language- Hearing Association.

Norton, A., Marchina, S., & Schluag, G. (2008). From singing to speaking: Why singing may lead to recovery of expressive language function in patients with Broca’s Aphasia. Music Perception. 25 (4), 315-323.

Stahl, B., Henseler, I., Turner, R., Geyer, S.,  & Kotz, S. A. (2013). How to engage the right brain hemisphere in aphasics without even singing: Evidence for two paths of speech recovery. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7(35). 1-12.

Stahl, B., Kotz., S.A., Henseler, I., Turner, R. & Geyer, S. (2011). Rhythm in disguise: Why singing may not hold the key to recovery in aphasia. Brain. 134, 3038- 3093.

Neurologic Music Therapy for Cognition

Chen, M., Tsai, P., Huang, Y. & Lin, K. (2013). Pleasant music improves visual attention in patients with unilateral neglect after stroke. Brain Injury. 27(1). 75-82.

Sarkamo, T., Tervaniemi, M., Laitinen, S., Forsblom, A., Soinila, S., Mikkonen, M. et al. (2008). Music listening enhances cognitive recovery and mood after middle cerebral artery stroke. Brain. 131866-876.

Neurologic Music Therapy for Fine/Gross Motor Movements

Altenmuller, E., Marco-Pallares, J., Munte, T. F., & Schneider, S. (2009). Neural reorganization underlies improvement in stroke-induced motor dysfunction by music-supported therapy. Annals of NY Academy of Sciences. 1169. 395-405.

Amengual, J.L., Rojo, N., Veciana de las Heras, M., Marco- Pallares, J., Grau-Sanchez, J., Schneider, S., et al. (2013). Sensorimotor plasticity after music-supported therapy in chronic stroke patients revealed by transcranial magnetic stimulation. PLoS ONE 8 (4): e61883. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061883

Fojo, N., Amengual, J., Juncadella, M., Rubio, F., Camara, E., Marco-Pallares, J., et al. (2011). Music-supported therapy induces plasticity in the sensorimotor cortex in chronic stroke: A single-case study using multimodal imaging (fMRI-TMS.) Brain Injury. 25(7-8). 787-793.

Fujioka, T., Ween, J.E., Jamali, S., Stuss, D.T. & Ross, B. (2012). Changes in neuromagnetic beta-based oscillation after music-supported stroke rehabilitation. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1252. 294-304.

Johansson, B. B. (2012). Mutisensory stimulation in stroke rehabilitation. Frontiers in human sciences. 6. 60.

Jun, E., Roh, Y. H., & Kim, M.J. (2012). The effect of music-movement therapy on physical and psychological states of stroke patients. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 22. 21-31.

Rodriguez- Fornells, A., Rojo, N., Amengual, J.L., Ripolles, P., Altenmuller, E. & Munte, T.F. (2012). The involvement of audio-motor coupling in the music-supported therapy applied to stroke patients. Annals of New York Academy of Sciences. 1252. 282-293.

Schneider, S., Munte, T., Rodrigues-Fornells, A., Sailer, M., & Altenmuller, E. (2010). Music-supported therapy is more efficient than functional motor training for recovery of fine motor skills in stroke patients. Music Perception. 27 (4). 271-280.

Schneider, S., Schonle, P.W., Altenumuller, E., & Munte, T.F. (2007). Using musical instruments to improve motor skill recovery following stroke. Journal of Nueorlogy. 254. 1339-1346.

Thuat, M.H., Hoemberg, V., Hurt, C.P., & Kenyon, G.P. (1998). Rhythmic entrainment of hemiparetic arm movements in stroke patients. Society for neuroscience. 24. 653.7.

Neurologic Music Therapy for Walking

Bank, P., Roerdink, M. & Peper, C. E. (2011). Comparing the efficacy of metronome beeps and stepping stones to adjust gait: steps to follow! Experimental Brain Research, 209. 159- 169.

Hayden, R., Clair, A. A. & Johnson, G. (2009). The effect of rhythmic auditory stimulation (RAS) on physical therapy outcomes for patients in gait training following stroke: A feasibility study. International Journal of Neurosciences, 119. 2183- 2195.

Thaut, M. H., Leins, A. K., Rice, R. R., Argstatter, H., Kenyon, G. P., McIntosh, G. C et al. (2007). RHytmic Auditory Stimulation improves gait more than NDT/Bobath training in near-ambulatory patients early poststroke: A single-blind, randomized trial. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 21 (5). 455- 459.

Thaut, M.H,. McIntosh, G.C. & Rice, R.R. (1997). Rhythmic facilitation of gait training in hemiparetic stroke rehabilitation. Journal of the Neurological Science. 151.  207- 212.

Thaut, M.H., McIntosh, G.C., Prassas, S.G., & Rice, R.R. (1993). Effect of Rhythmic Auditory Cuing on Temporal Stride Parameters and EMG patterns in hemiparetic gait of stroke patients. Journal of Neurologic Rehabilitation. 7. 9-16.

Wittwer, J. E., Webster, K. E. & Hill, K. (2013). Rhythmic auditory cueing to improve walking in patients with neurologic conditions other than Parkinson’s disease- what is the evidence? Disability & Rehabilitation, 35 (2). 164- 176.

Neurologic Music Therapy for Socio-Emotional

Nayak, S., Wheeler, B.L., Shiflett, S.C. & Agostinelli, S. (2000). Effect of music therapy on mood and social interaction among individuals with acute traumatic brain injury and  stroke. Rehabilitation Psychology. 45(3). 274-283.


Music Therapy and Parkinson’s Disease Research

Clair, A.A., Lyons, K.E. and Hamburg, J. (2012) A feasibility study of the effects of music and movement on the physical function, quality of life, depression and anxiety in patients with Parkinson disease. Music and Medicine, 4(1), 49-55.

Pacchetti, C., et al (1998) Active Music Therapy and Parkinson’s Disease: Methods. Functional Neurology. 13, 57-67.

Pacchetti, C., et al (2000) Active Music Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease: An integrative method for motor and emotional rehabilitation. Psychosomatic Medicine. 62, 386-393.

Neurologic Music Therapy for Voice

Elefant, C. et al (2012) The effect of group music therapy on mood, speech, and singing in individuals with Parkinson’s disease – a feasibility study. Journal of Music Therapy. Autumn; 49(3), 278-302.

Evans, C. et al. (2012) Can group singing provide effective speech therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease? Arts and Health, February 2012, 4(1), 83-95.

Shih, L.C. et al (2011) Singing in groups for Parkinson’s disease (SING-PD): A pilot study of group singing therapy for PD-related voice/speech disorders. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. 18(5), 548-552.

Di Benedetto, P. et al. (2009) Voice and choral singing treatment: a new approach for speech and voice disorders in Parkinson’s disease. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med, 45, 13-19.

Tamplin, J. (2008) A pilot study into the effect of vocal exercises and singing on dysarthric speech. NeuroRehabilitation. 23, 207-216.

Haneishi E. (2001) Effects of a music therapy voice protocol on speech intelligibility, vocal acoustic measures, and mood of individuals with Parkinson’s disease. J Music Ther. 2001 Winter;38(4):273-90.

Neurologic Music Therapy for Cognition

Elefant, C., Baker, F.A., Skele, G.O. (2012) Effects of music therapy on facial expression of individuals with Parkinson’s disease: A pilot study. Musicae Scientiae. November 2012, 16(3), 392-400

Van Tricht, M.J. et al. (2010) Impaired emotion recognition in music in Parkinson’s disease. Brain and Cognition. 74, 58-65.

     Neurologic Music Therapy for Arm Movement

Vercruysse, S. et al (2012) Abnormalities and cue dependence of rhythmical upper-limb movements in Parkinson patients with freezing of gait. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 26(6), 636-645.

Ringenbach, S.D.R. et al. (2011) Auditory instructional cues benefit unimanual and bimanual drawing in Parkinson’s disease patients. Hum Mov Sci. 30(4) 770-782.

Ma, H. et al. (2009) The effects of two different auditory stimuli on functional arm movement in persons with Parkinson’s disease: a dual-task paradigm. Clinical Rehabilitation. 23, 229-237.

Sacrey L-AR, Clark CAM, Whishaw IQ (2009) Music Attenuates Excessive Visual Guidance of Skilled Reaching in Advanced but Not Mild Parkinson’s Disease. PLoS ONE 4(8): e6841.

Neurologic Music Therapy for Walking

Spaulding, S.J. et al. (2013) Cueing and Gait Improvement Among People With Parkinson’s Disease: A Meta-Analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 94, 562-70.

De Dreu, M.J. et al. (2012) Rehabilitation, exercise therapy and music in patients with Parkinson’s disease: a meta-analysis of the effects of music-based movement therapy on walking ability, balance and quality of life. Parksinsonism and Related Disorders. 18S1, S114-S119.

Arias, P., and Cudeiro, J. (2010) Effect of rhythmic auditory stimulation on gait in Parkinsonian patients with and without freezing of gait. PLoS One, 5(3), e9675, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009675

Brown, L.A., et al. (2010) Obstacle crossing among people with Parkinson disease is influenced by concurrent music. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development. 47(3), 225-232.

De Bruin, N.  et al. (2010) Walking with Music Is a Safe and Viable Tool for Gait Training in Parkinson’s Disease: The Effect of a 13-Week Feasibility Study on Single and Dual Task Walking. Parkinson’s Disease. Article ID 483530

Picelli, A., et al. (2010) Three-dimensional motion analysis of the effects of auditory cueing on gait pattern in patients with Parkinson’s disease: a preliminary investigation. Neurol Sci. 31, 423-430.

Nieuwboer, A., et al (2009) The short-term effects of different cueing modalities on turn speed in people with Parkinson’s disease. Neurorehabil Neural Repairj, 23(8), 831-836.

Arias, P., and Cudeiro, J. (2008) Effects of rhythmic sensory stimulation (auditory, visual) on gait in Parkinson’s disease patients. Exp Brain Res, 186: 589-601.

Hausdorff, J.M. et al (2007) Rhythmic auditory stimulation modulates gait variability in Parkinson’s disease. European Journal of Neuroscience, 26, 2369-2375

Nieuwboer, A., et al (2007) Cueing training in the home improves gait-related mobility in Parkinson’s disease: the RESCUE trial. J. Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 78, 134-140

Rochester, L. et al (2007) The attentional cost of external rhythmical cues and their impact on gait in Parkinson’s disease: effect of cue modality and task complexity. J Neural Transm, 114: 1243-1248.

Rochester, L., et al. (2005) The effect of external rhythmic cues (auditory and visual) on walking during a functional task in homes of people with Parkinson’s disease. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 86(5), 999-1006.

Lim, I., et al. (2005) Effects of external rhythmical cueing on gait in patients with Parkinson’s disease: a systematic review. Clinical Rehabilitation. 19, 695-713.

Suteerawattananon, M., et al (2004) Effects of visual and auditory cues on gait in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Journal of the Neurological Sciences. 219, 63-69.

How, T.E., et al. (2003) Auditory cues can modify the gait of persons with early-stage Parkinson’s disease: a method for enhancing parkinsonian walking performance? Clinical Rehabilitation. 17, 363-367.

Del Olmo, F., et al (2003) A simple procedure using auditory stimuli to improve movement in Parkson’s disease: A pilot study. Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology. 2, 1-7.

Freedland, R.L., et al (2002) The effects of pulsed auditory stimulation on various gait measurements in persons with Parkinson’s Disease. NeuroRehabilitation. 17, 81-87.

McIntosh, G.C., et al. (1997) Rhythmic auditory-motor facilitation of gait patterns in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. 62, 22-26.

Miller, R.A., et al. (1996) Components of EMG symmetry and variability in parkinsonian and healthy elderly gait. Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology. 101, 1-7.

Thaut, M.H., et al (1996) Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation in gait training for Parkinson’s disease patients. Movement Disorders. 11, 193-200.

Stroke Related Research: We are busy reading the research. Stay tuned for this list.

Traumatic Brain Injury Related Research: We are busy reading the research. Stay tuned for this list.