Listening to classical music ameliorates unilateral neglect after stroke

Pei Luen Tsai, Mei Ching Chen, Yu Ting Huang, Keh Chung Lin, Kuan Lin Chen, Yung Wen Hsu

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Objective. We determined whether listening to excerpts of classical music ameliorates unilateral neglect (UN) in stroke patients. Method. In this within-subject study, we recruited and separately tested 16 UN patients with a righthemisphere stroke under three conditions within 1 wk. In each condition, participants were asked to complete three subtests of the Behavioral Inattention Test while listening to classical music, white noise, or nothing. All conditions and the presentation of the tests were counterbalanced across participants. Visual analog scales were used to provide self-reported ratings of arousal and mood. Results. Participants generally had the highest scores under the classical music condition and the lowest scores under the silence condition. In addition, most participants rated their arousal as highest after listening to classical music. Conclusion. Listening to classical music may improve visual attention in stroke patients with UN. Future research with larger study populations is necessary to validate these findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-335
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Occupational Therapy


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