Alzheimer’s Disease is characterized by the disruption of resting-state networks, particularly decreased functional connectivity within the Default Mode Network (DMN) of the brain. Neuroimaging studies in healthy controls suggest music exposure elicits functional connectivity changes in areas involved in cognition, including the DMN. A July 2018 study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia used neuroimaging to determine whether daily exposure to long-known music can alter functional brain connectivity (FC) and improve cognitive outcomes in persons with mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer’s. A research team led by Melissa Leggieri found whole-brain significant differences in FC for subjects who had participated in a three-week, home-based music intervention program. Read more.