Measuring physiological responses to the arts in people with dementia

Thomas, G., Crutch, S. and Camic, Paul M. (2017) Measuring physiological responses to the arts in people with dementia. International Journal of Psychophysiology. ISSN 0167-8760.

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The dementias are a group of progressive symptoms that have multiple causes, usually caused by disease or injury of the brain, affecting higher brain functions such as language, perception, memory, reasoning and mood; they can also be associated with changes in personality. Arts interventions and interaction with the arts can create meaningful, positive experiences for people with a dementia, as well as improve quality of life. Qualitative research in particular, has been able to describe the emotional responses the arts can produce, but quantifiable changes have not been well documented. Physiological measurements such as stress hormone levels and galvanic skin response show promise in being able to quantify such responses. When taken together, these can give a picture of the kinds of physiological outcomes that are associated with positive affect and improvements in mental wellbeing in the context of arts interventions.

This review provides a critical overview of the studies which measure some form of physiological outcome in response to the arts or an arts intervention in people with dementia, and indicates how future research in this area can help to broaden our understanding of the effects of the arts in dementia research and care.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dementia;, arts; physiological responses
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts
Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0512 Psychopathology. Mental disorders > RC0521 Dementia
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Prof Paul M Camic
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2017 15:15
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 16:26

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