Efficacy of music in neurological rehabilitation

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Seppo Soinila, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology Division of Clinical Neurosciences, Turku University Central Hospital


The goal of the project is to investigate the effects of brain activation by music listening on stress reactions of acute stroke and on recovery of cognitive defects during stroke rehabilitation.


  • Teppo Särkämö, PhD, Assoc. professor
  • Mari Tervaniemi, PhD, Professor
  • Aleksi Sihvonen, M.C.
  • Vera Leo, M.Sc. (Psychology)


  • Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells, professor, University of Barcelona
  • Pablo Ripolles, M.Sc. University of  Barcelona
  • Matti Laine, professor, Åbo Akademi
  • Hasse Karlsson, professor, Turku University
  • Pentti Kemppainen, professor, Turku University


  1. Särkämö T, Tervaniemi M, Laitinen S, Forsblom A, Soinila S, Mikkonen M, Autti T, Silvennoinen H, Erkkilä J, Laine M, Peretz I, Hietanen M (2008) Music listening enhances cognitive recovery and mood after middle cerebral artery stroke. Brain, 131, 866-876.
  2. Särkämö T, Tervaniemi M. Soinila S. Autti T, Silvennoinen H, Laine M; Hietanen M (2009) Amusia and cognitive deficits after stroke: Is there a relationship? Ann NY Acad Sci. 1169:441-5.
  3. Särkämö T. Tervaniemi M. Soinila S. Autti T. Silvennoinen HM. Laine M. Hietanen M. Pihko E. (2010) Auditory and cognitive deficits associated with acquired amusia after stroke: a magnetoencephalo­graphy and neuropsychological follow-up study. PLoS ONE [Electronic Resource]. 5(12):e15157.
  4. Särkämö T,  Ripolles P, Vepsäläinen H, Autti T, Silvennoinen H, Salli E, Laitinen S, Forsblom A, Soinila S, Rodriguez-Forrnells A. (2014) Structural changes induced buy daily music listening in the recovering brain after middle cerebral artery stroke: A voxel-based morphometry study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8:1-16