Singing & music

Singing and making music


LASAH103
LASAI103

Contact: Hannie Comijs

Background
Reading music and playing a musical instrument is a complex activity that comprises motor and  multisensory (auditory, visual, and somatosensory) integration in a unique way, and therefore might maintain or improve cognitive function and mental well-being (Seinfeld et al. 2013; Wan & Schlaug, 2010;). Indeed, singing and making music has proven beneficial for mental health and cognitive performance (Kennaway, 2015) also in older adults (Seinfeld et al 2013;  Hanna-Pladdy & Gajewski, 2012; Bugos et al. 2007). Among other leisure activities, playing musical instruments was associated with a reduced risk of dementia (Verghese et al. 2015). Thus far there is little research in this field, therefore some questions about singing and making music are included in the H- and I-measurement of LASA.

Measurement instrument in LASA
A short questionnaire was constructed based on type and frequency of music making activity.

Questionnaires
LASAH103  (self-administered questionnaire, in Dutch)

Variable information
LASAH103 (pdf), LASAI103
(in preparation)

Availability of information per wave1: 

 

B

C

D

E


2B*

F

G

H



3B*

MB*

I*

Singing & making music

- - - - - - -

Sa

- - Sa

1 More information about the LASA data collection waves is available here.

* 2B=baseline second cohort;
   3B=baseline third cohort;
   MB=migrants: baseline first cohort (Under Construction);
   I=Under Construction


Sa=data collected in self-administered questionnaire

Previous use in LASA
The first paper in LASA on this subject is currently prepared.  

References