AHSS Lunchtime Research Webinar - Music and computer gaming-based interventions for arm rehabilitation post-stroke

Events — Talk Online
31 March 2022, 12:00

Music and computer gaming-based interventions for arm rehabilitation post-stroke
Dr Alex Street, Senior Research Fellow, CIMTR
Rebecca Colclasure, PhD student, CIMTR

Arm hemiparesis following stroke is extremely common and resistant to treatment, requiring more motivating exercises that deliver the required high dosage of movement repetitions. Research has shown the neural mechanisms of music-based interventions, increasing connectivity between auditory and motor brain regions, correlating with improved arm and hand function. Research has also explored the use of computer gaming and effects of treatment adherence and recovery. Researchers Alex Street and Rebecca Colclasure will present an overview of these treatment effects and current research at the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research.

Dr Alex Street is a neurologic music therapy clinician and researcher, specialising in work with people who have neurological disease and injury. He partners with researchers, NHS and private health providers and tech companies to design and test treatment protocols and technology to enable effective intervention delivery.

Rebecca Colclasure is a music educator and accessible music technology specialist. Her PhD research is a series of long term mixed methods case studies working with stroke survivors as co-designers modifying and testing  a commercial beat matching game and its components (music composition/external interfaces) for upper limb rehabilitation. 

A person seated in a wheelchair in front of a laptop
Image by Rebecca Colclasure - work with stroke patients

Event contact: jorg.fachner@aru.ac.uk