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Effects of Music on Human Health and Wellness: Physiological Measurements and Research Design

Therese West and Gail Ironson

in The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756261
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199756261.013.0017
 Effects of Music on Human Health and Wellness: Physiological Measurements and Research Design

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This article suggests some possible ways to approach the rather daunting task of researching music-spirit-mind-body-health interactions, which occur both within individual experiences and within a matrix of shared cultural values and meanings. It attempts to find a coherent path along which to investigate the interconnections of music's influences within and among physical, psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual domains. Its purpose is to offer a broad overview of issues relevant to physiological measurements and research design in music medicine research, with an emphasis on approaches, which focus on stress systems. It gives a detailed account of historical problems in the research literature, methodological issues, and promising lines of research, as well as possible new areas for research development.

Keywords: spiritual domains; physiological measurements; music medicine research; stress systems; methodological issues

Article.  16869 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Ethnomusicology

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