Hate Colonoscopies? Music May Make It Better

From a study by Uedo N, Ishikawa H, Morimoto K, Ishihara R, Narahara H, Akedo I, Ioka T, Kaji I, and Fukuda S: BACKGROUND/AIMS: Premedication for endoscopy promotes patient cooperation and makes subsequent examinations more acceptable. Music therapy is widely Read More …

Classical Music Goes Straight to the Heart

From a study by Chan, MF: OBJECTIVE: The study objective was to assess the effect of music on the physiologic and psychologic parameters in patients undergoing application of a C-clamp after percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). DESIGN: A repeated-measures randomized controlled Read More …

Playing the Percentages: Music Preference and Substance Abuse

From a study by Mulder J, Ter Bogt TF, Raaijmakers QA, Gabhainn SN, Monshouwer K, Vollebergh WA: A connection between preferences for heavy metal, rap, reggae, electronic dance music, and substance use has previously been established. However, evidence as to Read More …

Music Provides Relaxation to Alzheimers’ Patients

From a study by Kumar AM, Tims F, Cruess DG, Mintzer MJ, Ironson G, Loewenstein D, Cattan R, Fernandez JB, Eisdorfer C, and Kumar M: CONTEXT: Music therapy is known to have healing and relaxing effects. Although these effects appear Read More …

Need More Energy? Try Playing Music!

From a study by Lim, HA: This study was designed to measure the level of arousal influenced by 4 different musical experiences classified by task difficulty and to examine the relationship between music-induced arousal level and personality type. Participants included Read More …

What’s Wrong with Classical Music?

From a paper by John Sloboda (pdf file): The traditions and forms of the academy are, despite what some apologists claim, inaccessible to most people. Their inaccessibility is of two sorts. First, they do not reflect to most people the Read More …

Is your New Year’s Resolution Better Health? Try Classical Music!

From an article by Adrian North and David Hargreaves: Arguably the largest single body of literature concerns the impact of music on chronic pain, pain experienced during and after treatment, and pain experienced specifically by cancer patients and those undergoing Read More …