Language, Music and Dementia: Neuroscience Approaches


Exploration of the neuroscience data on cognitive processing of languages and music in healthy subjects and pathology. Specific attention given to the interaction of language(s) and music in the brain, music therapy and dementia, and multilingualism and dementia. Topics include the role of languages and music in building cognitive reserve, linguistic breakdown and cognitive decline in healthy aging and dementia, cross-cultural studies of pitch and timbre perception across languages of the world, possible benefits of multilingualism in healthy aging, interactions of singing and memory, integration of auditory and visual neural systems in language and music.
Curriculum Codes
  • R
  • NS
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • LINGUIST 595
  • MUSIC 595
Typically Offered
Spring Only