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Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research,
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Patrik N. Juslin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230143.001.0001

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Music, Health, and Well-Being

Music, Health, and Well-Being

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(p.849) Chapter 30 Music, Health, and Well-Being
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Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications
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Suzanne B. Hanser

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230143.003.0030

This chapter explores the evolution of healthcare and emerging models of prevention, wellness, and integrative medicine that have allowed music therapists to become active partners with medical professionals in treating the whole person. Evidence of strong connections between mind and body has provided a foundation for understanding how engaging in musical experiences promotes health and well being. Contemporary approaches to the relaxation response and advances in health psychology are reviewed to provide a vocabulary for describing how music affects well being. Research has emphasized the impact of psychological factors, such as stress and the placebo response, on physical health, and implications of these findings are discussed. The chapter examines the effect of music on stress, pain, immune and neurologic function, and shares a line of clinical outcome research that has circled the author's career as a music therapist. Four diverse conditions affecting health and well being are covered: childbirth, depression, coronary heart disease, and cancer. Finally, new directions in theory, practice, and research relative to music, health, and well being are predicted.

Keywords:   music therapy, music, healthcare, well being, musical experience

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