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The Effect of Art Training on Dementia

The Effect of Art Training on Dementia

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Title: The Effect of Art Training on Dementia
Author: Matthews, Katherine Gladys
Abstract: The present study explores the effect of visual art training on people with dementia (PWD), utilizing a randomized control trial (RCT) design, with a structured usual activity waitlist control group, in order to investigate the effects of an eight-week visual art training program on PWDs cognition, mood, and behaviour. Cognition was assessed with: The Backward Digit Span, measuring verbal working memory; the Body Part Pointing Test, measuring visuospatial working memory; and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), measuring overall cognitive function. Mood and behaviour were qualitatively assessed based on volunteer-completed observational reports. The results of the study indicate that while cognition is not significantly affected by an eight-week art training program, mood and behaviour are positively impacted.
Subject: Developmental psychology
Keywords: Dementia
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/35906
Supervisor: Wiseheart, Melody Sunshine
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Program: Psychology (Functional Area: Developmental Science)
Exam date: 2018-12-12
Publish on: 2019-03-05

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