Coco, sus trastornos de memoria y el poder de la música

Translated title of the contribution: Coco, her memory disorders and the power of music

Leonardo Palacios Sanchez, Juan Camilo Hernández-Pabón, Angela María Rodríguez-Ucrós

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Coco is a 2017 Disney Pixar film inspired by the traditional Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead. The film revolves around the adventure that Miguel undertakes in search of his ancestors guided by his love for music. During his journey he discovers that, due to his great-grandmother Coco's failing memory, her father will be forgotten forever. Upon his return, Miguel performs the song Recuérdame for her, which causes a surprising and temporary improvement in the protagonist.

In this article, the authors draw attention to the effect of music on Mama Coco's memory, and from a neuropsychiatric point of view, they raise the concern about the diagnosis that this character could have in the light of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The concept of the power of music proposed by Oliver Sacks fifteen years ago and the current evidence about the influence of such art in patients with dementia are reviewed.
Translated title of the contributionCoco, her memory disorders and the power of music
Original languageSpanish (Colombia)
Pages (from-to)258-266
Number of pages8
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Neuroscience


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