The Effects of Background Music on Health and Wellbeing

Susan Hallam

in Music, Health, and Wellbeing

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199586974
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738357 | DOI:
The Effects of Background Music on Health and Wellbeing

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There is a large body of literature devoted to examining the effects of music on behaviour and cognition, driven by a desire to understand the effect of playing music on the performance of an ongoing task, e.g., studying, driving, exercising, shopping, or eating. In this sense, background music can be defined as the act of music being played when the music itself is not the main focus for attention. This chapter presents evidence regarding the effects of background music defined in these terms on behaviour and cognition, and draws conclusions with regard to the subsequent impact on general health and wellbeing.

Keywords: background music; behaviour; cognition; music listening

Chapter.  6418 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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