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Music as treatment for Parkinson's disease

Liu, Ka Yen (2019) Music as treatment for Parkinson's disease. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Music is a diverse tool that uses words, rhythm, volume and key differences to stimulate the brain on many levels. It evokes emotions, pleasure feeling, increased heart rate and controlled movements like hand tapping or dancing. These areas are often affected in people with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease arises from the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons and eventually causes problems in memory formation, emotional behaviour, motivation regulation, and motor movement. When the dopaminergic pathway is affected by dopamine loss, symptoms such as tremor, gait and balance dysfunctions occur. Many studies on rats and participants are conducted to examine the effect of music in affected areas of Parkinson's disease. Dopamine loss is associated with Parkinson disease and therefore it is interesting that scientists discovered that music can increase the dopamine levels in the forebrain structures of rats. Furthermore, music increases the speed processes and declarative memory performances of elder-aged participants, which are linked to motor areas. Freezing of gait is one of the symptoms of PD that can potentially be a serious problem because it increases the risk of falling. Though, several experiments show that music can improve gait performances of participants with Parkinson’s disease. With these assumptions, it is explained how music contributes in attenuating movement and emotion dysfunctions in Parkinson’s disease.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
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Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2019
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 12:07

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