Efficacy of music in neurological rehabilitation


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.


  • Seppo Soinila (PI in Turku)
  • Teppo Särkämö, (PI in Helsinki), PhD, adjunct professor
  • Mari Tervaniemi, PhD, Professor
  • Aleksi Sihvonen, MD
  • Vera Leo, MSc (Psychology)
    1. Kaisa Pönkä, MD
      1. Aurora Nupponen, CM 


      • Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells, professor, University of Barcelona
      • Pablo Ripolles, PhD, University of  Barcelona
      • Matti Laine, professor, Åbo Akademi
      • Hasse Karlsson, professor, University of Turku
      • Eckart Altenmüller, professor, Hannover University


      1. 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
      2. Sihvonen A, Ripolles P, Leo V, Rodriguez A, Soinila S, Särkämö T (2016) Neural basis of amusia after stroke: a voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping and morphometry study. J Neurosci 36(34); 8872-81.  
      3. Sihvonen A, Ripolles P, Särkämö T, Leo V, Rodriguez-Fornells A, Saunavaara J, Parkkola R, Soinila S. (2017) Tracting the neural basis of music: deficient structural connectivity underlying acquired amusia. Cortex, in press.
      4. Sihvonen A, Särkämö T, Ripolles P, Leo V, Saunavaara J, Parkkola R, Rodriguez-Fornells, Soinila S. (2017) Functional neural changes associated with acquired amusia across different stages of recovery after stroke. Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 11390 (2017). doi:10.1038/s41598-017-11841
      5. Sihvonen A, Särkämö T, Tervaniemi M, Leo V, Altenmüller E, Soinila S (2017) Music-based interventions in neurological rehabilitation. Lancet Neurol, Published online June 26, 2017 IF 26,284



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