“Parkinson’s patients have a special interest in art and have creative hobbies incompatible with their physical limitations.”
-Professor Rivka Inzelberg
A few years ago, Rivka Inzelberg of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Sagol Neuroscience Center, noticed something: people with Parkinson disease seemed to have an outsized imagination and capacity for creativity. She and her colleagues devised a study to find out if it was true.
The results were clear: people with Parkinson’s responded to abstract pictures with a wider range of interpretations and more symbolic meaning than those without the disease. They were brimming with creativity.
Some theories suggest the surge in creativity is due to medication: there’s a well-established link between dopamine and creativity, and it’s possible the dopamine boost provided by drugs like levodopa propel people with Parkinson’s to uncharacteristic artistic heights. Or perhaps the answer is more subtle: receiving a movement disorder diagnosis may stir the soul to deeper reflection and a profound sense of time, which is the ripe ground for creation.
Whatever the cause, we believe everyone impacted by a movement disorder not only holds within them the power to create, but the power to find joy, beauty, and a good time in the creations of others, and that includes swaying to the beat of great music or singing along in the shower.
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14. Daryl Dragon – Captain & Tennille
If the music has you feeling inspired, check out our Watch List, too, featuring replays of our top music-themed online programs:
- Advanced Technology and Music for Gait Training with Hope Young, MT-BC
- Music and the PD Brain – wHolistic!™ with Matthew Brodsky, MD –
- Live Life Out Loud! About Music Therapy for PD – Therapy Break™ with Lindsay Zehren
- Music, Rhythm, and the Parkinson’s Brain – Lunch with Docs PD
- I’ve Got Rhythm – Therapy Break™
- Tremble Clefs Voice Therapy – Therapy Break™ wotj SunJoo Lee (MT-BC) –