Alzheimer's diseasemusic therapyneuroscience of musicmusic cognition
Nicholas Simmons-Stern is an undergraduate at Yale University, where he studies the cognitive neuroscience of music. He has worked for four years as a research assistant at the Center For Translational Cognitive Neuroscience, a research center based out of the VA Boston Healthcare System and part of the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. In 2009, he and the research team at the CTCN began an exploration of the memory-enhancing properties of music in Alzheimer’s disease (see Simmons-Stern, Budson, and Ally, 2010). They are currently conducting a series of experiments aimed at uncovering the neurological mechanisms and practical applications of musical mnemonics in Alzheimer’s.