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A large percentage of chronic stroke patients (CS) show motor deficits and language impairments. These deficits clearly diminish their health-related quality of life, limiting their socio-familiar and working roles. Because their high incidence, one of the greatest social and economic challenges is to develop cost-efficient, easily and widely applicable rehabilitation tools. In this context, music has arisen as a potential neurorehabilitation tool. Two important applications have been proposed: (i) the use of music training to induce motor recovery (Music supported therapy, MST) and (ii) singing-based interventions for language recovery in aphasic patients. Some of their limitations are the intensive and time-consuming requirements and the lack of solid evidence from Randomized Control trials (RCT).
This project aims to overcome these barriers translating these protocols (music playing and singing) into home-based self-training interventions (using tablet-based designs) and evaluating their behavioural and neural efficacy in two carefully designed RCTs. Both interventions have been improved considering new approaches emphasizing the role of social and intrinsic motivation factors in optimizing motor and language recovery.
This project will have clinical and societal impact providing first-evidences on the effectivity of two new interventions that could be widely used at home for improving motor and language deficits in CS.