Neurodegenerative Diseases and Changes in Artistic Expression

  • Massimo FilippiEmail author
  • Noemi Piramide
  • Sarasso Elisabetta
  • Federica Agosta


Art represents one of the most impressive expressions of brain potential. Artists share their feelings through painting, drawing and music thanks to an exceptional ability of the brain to integrate motor and cognitive resources. The occurrence of a neurodegenerative disease is usually considered as a catastrophe causing an irreversible damage to the brain. However, several clinical cases demonstrate that behavioural modifications induced by neurological diseases can surprisingly enhance art production. This chapter will discuss how neurodegenerative processes can modify artistic expressions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Massimo Filippi
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Noemi Piramide
    • 1
  • Sarasso Elisabetta
    • 1
    • 4
  • Federica Agosta
    • 1
    • 5
  1. 1.Division of Neuroscience, Neuroimaging Research Unit, Institute of Experimental NeurologyIRCCS San Raffaele Scientific InstituteMilanItaly
  2. 2.Neurology UnitIRCCS San Raffaele Scientific InstituteMilanItaly
  3. 3.Vita-Salute San Raffaele UniversityMilanItaly
  4. 4.Laboratory of Movement AnalysisIRCCS San Raffaele Scientific InstituteMilanItaly
  5. 5.Vita-Salute San Raffaele UniversityMilanItaly

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