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Raymond MacDonald, Gunter Kreutz, and Laura Mitchell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199586974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.001.0001

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Psychoneuroendocrine Research on Music and Health: An Overview

Psychoneuroendocrine Research on Music and Health: An Overview

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Chapter 30 Psychoneuroendocrine Research on Music and Health: An Overview
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Music, Health, and Wellbeing
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Gunter Kreutz

Cynthia Quiroga Murcia

Stephan Bongard

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.003.0030

This chapter examines the influences of musical activities such as listening, singing, or dancing on the endocrine system. The underlying assumption is that psychological processes associated with musical experiences lead to changes in the hormonal systems of brain and body. It begins with a brief introduction to general questions of psychoneuroendocrinology as well as to relevant hormonal systems, followed by an overview of empirical studies, which have begun to investigate hormonal responses to musical stimulation and musical activities. The chapter concludes with suggestions for future work that will be derived from initial evidence showing that music can be seen as a psychoactive stimulant inducing physiological effects that are sometime similar to those produced by pharmacological substances.

Keywords:   musical activities, endocrine system, psychological processes, musical experience, hormonal changes, psychoneuroendocrinology

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