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Lise Gagnon – “Music and dementia: from perception to intervention”

16 December 2010 @ 16 h 00 min - 17 h 00 min

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Lise Gagnon, University of Sherbrooke, will give a talk at BRAMS on December 16, 2010, at 4pm, entitled  “Music and dementia: from perception to intervention”

This presentation deals with the fundamental questions underlying the growing interest in music therapy for demented patients. Today, 1 in 11 Canadians over the age of 65 has dementia of the Alzheimer’s type (DAT) or a related dementia. DAT initially affects the temporal lobes and, consequently, the short- and long-term explicit memory. In most cases, it leaves procedural memory intact until late stages of the illness. Since the sophisticated music-processing system is largely acquired implicitly by experience, we will begin by hypothesizing, using a single case study, that music perceptual and incidental memory may remain intact in early DAT. Unfortunately, DAT also damages certain cerebral structures that subsume emotional processing, and some studies have demonstrated deficits affecting emotional judgment of facial expression and prosody in DAT. Accordingly, through the presentation of a group study, we will address the question of whether early DAT might also affect music emotional judgment.

I completed an undergraduate degree in music at McGill University before earning a PhD in neuropsychology at the University of Montreal. I then spent ten years as a neuropsychologist with the University Institute of Geriatrics of Sherbrooke. At the same time, I began working as a researcher at the Research Center on Aging. Since 2004, I have taught clinical psychology at the University of Sherbrooke and pursued my work at the Research Center on Aging.


16 December 2010
16 h 00 min - 17 h 00 min
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