Abstract Andrea Halpern 16th May 2013

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Music Cognition in Healthy Aging


Older people enjoy music as audience members and performers, but little is known about changes in music cognition during the normal course of healthy aging. I will summarize some general principles of cognitive aging, then explore the extent to which music cognition (with an emphasis on memory), shows loss, gain, and maintenance in older adults. I will also discuss whether positive effects of musicianship may offset negative effects of aging and conclude with a preview of some in-progress projects.

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