Synchronization to Music as a Tool for Enhancing Non-Verbal Communication in People with Neurological Diseases

Authored by: Nia Cason , Loris Schiaratura , Séverine Samson

The Routledge Companion to Embodied Music Interaction

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138657403
eBook ISBN: 9781315621364
Adobe ISBN: 9781317219736


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Almost all social interactions—both verbal and non-verbal—are said to rely on rhythmic behaviors (Bispham, 2006). “Interpersonal coordination” can be described as the spatial or temporal coordination of communicative behaviors between interacting individuals. Of specific interest in this chapter is the synchronization of non-verbal behaviors. We will argue that synchronization to music can enhance interpersonal coordination, and thus can improve social functioning and non-verbal communication skills. This is highly relevant for patients with communication difficulties, such as patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia.

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