“Rhythmic music may change brain function and treat a range of neurological conditions, including attention deficit disorder and depression, suggested scientists who gathered with ethnomusicologists and musicians at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics May 13. The diverse group came together for the one-day symposium, “Brainwave Entrainment to External Rhythmic Stimuli: Interdisciplinary Research and Clinical Perspectives,” to share ideas that push the boundaries of our understanding of the human musical experience.”
We may be sitting on one of the most widely available and cost effective therapeutic modalities that ever existed. Systematically, this could be like taking a pill. Listening to music seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication, in many circumstances.”
We found that people with high general intelligence were also more stable on a very simple timing task. We also found that these participants had larger volumes of the white matter in the brain, which contains connections between brain regions.
Humans around the world dance to the same beat. Study reveals a common beat in global music
The researchers analysed 304 recordings of stylistically diverse music from across the world to reveal the common features. Although they found no absolute universals, they found dozens of statistical universals (i.e., features that were consistently present in a majority of songs across different world regions). These included features related to pitch and rhythm as well as social context and interrelationships between musical features.
The results showed that rhythms based on two or three beats were present in music from all regions sampled — North America, Central/South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania.
Performance of music elevates pain threshold and positive affect: implications for the evolutionary function of music.
It is well known that music arouses emotional responses. In addition, it has long been thought to play an important role in creating a sense of community, especially in small scale societies. One mechanism by which it might do this is through the endorphin system, and there is evidence to support this claim. Using pain threshold as an assay for CNS endorphin release, we ask whether it is the auditory perception of music that triggers this effect or the active performance of music. We show that singing, dancing and drumming all trigger endorphin release (indexed by an increase in post-activity pain tolerance) in contexts where merely listening to music and low energy musical activities do not. We also confirm that music performance results in elevated positive (but not negative) affect. We conclude that it is the active performance of music that generates the endorphin high, not the music itself. We discuss the implications of this in the context of community bonding mechanisms that commonly involve dance and music-making.
Composite effects of group drumming music therapy on modulation of neuroendocrine-immune parameters in normal subjects.
Drumming is a complex composite intervention with the potential to modulate specific neuroendocrine and neuroimmune parameters in a direction opposite to that expected with the classic stress response.
How Group Drumming May Improve Low-Income Student Behavior
We would have been happy with one [positive] outcome, so when the statistician kept reporting ‘withdrawal improved’ and then ‘depression improved’ and so on, it validated everything we believed,”
Original article: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2011/250708/
A Description of the Use of Music Therapy in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Those who organize programs designed to treat people rather than to cure disease will find creative arts therapists invaluable.