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Epidemiological Studies of the Relationship Between Musical Experiences and Public Health

Töres Theorell and Gunter Kreutz

in Music, Health, and Wellbeing

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199586974
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738357 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.003.0028
Epidemiological Studies of the Relationship Between Musical Experiences and Public Health

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Public health epidemiology aims at scientific descriptions of relationships between life conditions and public health in different groups of people. Such approaches suggest relationships between a given life condition and a specific public health problem. Thus, it can point at life conditions that may be of crucial importance to health. Epidemiology traditionally focuses on risk factors of illness. However, recent approaches also provide opportunities to the identification of life conditions that may protect against ill health by enhancing immune functions and even actively promoting health. Can musical activities and experiences, for example, promote health? This chapter reviews recent trends in public health epidemiology, focusing on the effects of music on health. Health outcome is defined mainly in a medical context. Psychophysiological studies are considered which indicate positive and negative health-related processes.

Keywords: public health epidemiology; musical activities; health outcomes; psychophysiological studies

Chapter.  6901 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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