Music normalizes visual and proprioceptive control of movement in Parkinson's disease

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Sacrey, Lori-Ann Rosalind
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2008
The sensory control of movements has been shown to be impaired with Parkinson’s disease. I investigated the task, reach-to-eat, in which advancing of the limb towards a target is guided by vision and withdrawal of the grasped target to the mouth is guided by somatosensation (i.e., haptics and proprioception). Parkinson’s diseased subjects display an alteration in the balance of visual and proprioceptive guidance, such that they display increased visual fixation on the target prior to movement onset that persists following the grasp. Music therapy can normalize the balance between visual and proprioceptive guidance on the reach-to-eat task, as visual fixation with the target prior to movement onset is consistent with controls, and disengagement following grasp no longer differs from mild Parkinson’s disease subjects. These results are the first to demonstrate that music can have an ameliorating effect on the sensory impairments seen in the control of forelimb movements in Parkinson’s disease.
xiv, 147 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. --
Parkinson's disease -- Research , Human beings -- Attitude and movement -- Research , Dissertations, Academic , Music therapy , Eye -- Movements , Proprioception