Music, Mood, and Movement in Parkinson's: A transdisciplinary approach to optimising the use of music in the non-pharmacological treatment of motor and non-motor symptoms for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Project: Research

Project Details


Parkinson’s disease effects people’s ability to generate dopamine in their brains. This can cause a variety of problems; for example, walking, turning, eating and talking can be difficult to initiate or maintain, people can feel unmotivated and suffer with anxiety and depression, and other rhythmic bodily functions (such as sleeping and digestion) can become irregular. Often, symptoms increase slowly over many years, becoming more pronounced, leading to individual and social stigmas. Together, these factors reduce quality of life for the person with Parkinson's and their loved ones and care-givers.
In addition to taking medication, it is important for people with Parkinson's, their loved ones and care-givers to try to remain as active as possible, and to avoid becoming isolated. Music (and musical activities) can bring people together, motivate us to get moving, and help us to feel a whole range of emotions.
This project brings together a team of scientists, medical professionals and practitioners to work with and for people with Parkinson's to co-create a new group programme using music to improve quality of life. Such direct consultation processes will ensure the programme is enjoyable as well as appropriate, and state-of-the-art technology and a randomised control trial will be used to help evaluate results.
In addition, we will develop an online resource 'Playlist for Parkinson's' to help people with Parkinson's and practitioners choose and use music to improve their movement and mood.
Effective start/end date1/01/22 → …


  • Swiss National Science Foundation: £10,000.00


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