On my early research in music cognition, I was very interested in the apparent preservation of musical memory despite loss of (seemingly) related functions. I eventually abandoned this line of inquiry due to lack of institutional support and moved on to better funded research. (There was increasing (US) federal interest in recent years, but that was pre-covid).

I’m wondering, what are your thoughts are on possible logic of music and memory in Alzheimer’s Dementia? We have plenty of case examples at this point (some made famous by Oliver Sachhs) — and the field of music therapy (among others) have demonstrated the clinical benefits of musical activities, but we don’t really know the mechanisms of how this works. (We observe a similar phenomenon in stroke when patients can sing but not speak, although the mechanics may or may not be related).

Just wondering if this is something you’ve come across in your research or care to speculate on (based on the functional neurochemistry and thus defined pathology, for example).

Thanks in advance.

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