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Music and Medicine

Music and Medicine

January 27, 2015

February is in full swing and love is in the air! Not only are emotions elicited by loved ones, a wide range of emotions can also be triggered by listening to music. It was previously shown that listening to Mozart’s piano sonata was associated with increased reasoning skills in solving spatial programs. A more recent study has extended this notion using more advanced techniques. A study published by Pauwels et al (2014) used positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging to show that listening to pleasurable music as associated with activated cortical and subcortical brain activity, the areas in which emotions are processed. This information could be applied in a clinical setting as it may benefit patients by replacing the stress and wary of therapy with more positive emotions. In fact, music therapy has been incorporated in a wide range of clinical settings in treating diseases in cardiology, cancer, epilepsy, depression, and dementia. The benefits of music therapy extends beyond psychological comfort. It also has significant physiological consequences. For instance, music has been shown to elevate immune response, which can enhance treatment responses. Playing music in clinics is not yet widespread and more research needs to done in this area, yet it is a very promising adjuvant to routine therapy that can benefit many patients.

Article source: Pauwels, EK, Volterrani, D, Mariani, G. Kostkiewics, M. “Mozart, Music and Medicine.” Med Princ Pract23.5 (2014): 403-12.