Music, Religion and Alzheimers

Project Idea

This quarter I will be focusing on better understanding the role of Music and Religion in deeply seeded memory that has implications of emotional grounding and/or preventative treatment for Alzheimers patients.

Key Articles and Research

Annotated Bibliography

The Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Flagship Study of Ageing (AIBL), 2006-2010 (current), David Ames, Et. Al Music changes the patterns of brain activity and improves blood circulation in patients with Alzheimers disease, National Aging Research Institute, Australia

Can a cognitive (music) intervention enhance the treatment effects of Aricept in patients with Alzheimers disease?, 2002-06 (current), Pfizer Neuro Science Research Grant

The Neural Architecture of Music-Evoked Autobiographical Memories, Petr Janata

Sound Medicine: Music Therapy Plays Off the Brain-Healing Power of Songs and Their Rhythms to Stimulate Memory and Movement. Shaw, G. Neurology Now. 2(5): 26-19. September-October 2006.

Discipline and Alzheimers Disease , Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, February 2008;56(2):291–295.

Procedural Memory and Emotional Attachment in Alzheimer Disease: Implications for Meaningful and Engaging ActivitiesVance, David E.; Moore, Barbara S.; Farr, Kenneth F.; Struzick, Tom. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing:April 2008 - Volume 40 - Issue 2 - p 96-102

Major Websites


Music and Alzheimers
Music Therapy and Alzheimers
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
The Man with the 30 Second Memory
Alzheimers in Young Mothers
Michael Merzenich on Rewiring the Brain and Theory of Neuroplasticity

Major Research Questions

Key Researchers and Contacts

Key Organizations

Poster Presentation

This is a poster presentation given at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics on May 28th, 2010

Poster Presentation

Preliminary Survey Results

Full Results

A survey was taken from a population of around 20-30 Latter Day Saint Single Individuals (even in men and women) who are returned missionaries from the ages 21-30 with 12 responses

There are some very interesting points brought up including the effect of Childhood and Adolescent Developement, Age, Driving, Significant Life Events, Home and Church, Christmas and Music on Long Term memory making

The following are some images from the survey questions:



Religious Activity

Religious Activity

Religious Devotion

Religious Devotion

Daily Survey Responses

Daily Responses

Take the Survey for Yourself!

Next Steps