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Clinical Trial: Ukulele Playing to Improve Cognition in People With MS


Treatment mode of action: To improve cognitive function
Number of Subjects: 40
Medication: Ukulele Playing
Location: Texas
Institutions: The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
1710 Red River St
Austin, TX 78712
  Contact Information
Dr. Carolyn Phillips
(512) 475-7039


The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing


This study seeks to understand the impact that music can have on cognitive functioning and emotional well-being for people with MS. You may qualify for this study if you have MS, have cognitive deficits, and have access to a computer. If you are eligible and choose to participate in the study, you will be required to travel to Austin (The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing located at 1710 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78712) on 3 separate occasions. In Austin, you will take computer-based/electronic surveys and cognition tests while wearing a specialized headband device to take real-time images of your brain’s activity during the testing. The testing will take place on 3 separate dates: before the music intervention, immediately after the intervention, and 1-month after the intervention. You can plan for the first visit to take approximately 2 hours to complete, and the second and third visit will last approximately 1 hour each. The music intervention portion of the study will be completed at home or the setting of your choice (i.e., you will not be at the UT Austin School of Nursing for the music intervention portion of the study). You will be expected to listen to the music of your choice OR learn to play and practice playing a ukulele (instrument provided for the participants) at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 12 weeks. 


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