The Influence of Activating versus Relaxing Music on Repetitive Finger Movement
Music is a therapeutic strategy proposed to improve movement performance in people with neurological impairments. Research examining brain activity associated with movement and music is lacking. It has recently been shown in healthy adults that the style of music can differentially affect movement amplitude while the rate of movement remains constant. The purpose of this proposal is to examine repetitive finger movement performance while making those movements to different styles of music at different rates in healthy adults. Forty participants completed a finger tapping task in time with activating and relaxing music. Kinematic data was collected and compared across music condition and movement rate. Results revealed that movement amplitude was greater during the activating music condition, particularly at the higher rate. The results of this study will serve as the basis for exploring the use of music cues for improving movement performance in persons with Parkinson’s disease.