Cognitive Health Research On Musical Arts
Music engagement has been shown to be beneficial to cognitive health and social/emotional well-being. In this study, we are interested in quantifying this effect and better understanding how music engagement leads to these health-related outcomes.
Participants over the age of 70 and/or with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) will take part in an intensive music creativity course at Rice University. A number of health measures will be collected before the course begins, including neuroimaging of brain functional activity, cognitive performance, inflammatory markers, heart rate variability, perceptions of stress, and social support. We will assess any changes in these measures after the music course, as compared to those from a control group that does not participate in the course.
The goal is to quantify the cognitive and general health benefit from participating in creative arts!