An interesting article stub about how using Music Therapy may be a better modality for some clients when addressing trauma.
Here is a well done short overview on music therapy by the PBS News Hour.
Big Picture Science has an interesting segment on seeking pleasure, how one's experience of pleasure caries significantly based on preconceptions, and the mystery of why music is pleasurable.
ScienceDaily (July 20, 2010) — Those ubiquitous wires connecting listeners to you-name-the-sounds from invisible MP3 players -- whether of Bach, Miles Davis or, more likely today, Lady Gaga -- only hint at music's effect on the soul throughout the ages. Archived here in case the article disappears.
While it is known that practicing music repeatedly changes the organization of the brain, it is not clear if these changes can correlate musical abilities with non-musical abilities. The study of 70 older participants, with different musical experience over their lifetimes, provides a connection between musical activity and mental balance in old age. “The results of this preliminary study revealed that participants with at least 10 years of musical experience (high activity musicians) had better performance in nonverbal memory, naming, and executive processes in advanced age relative to non-musicians." This article is archived here in case it disappears.
From NPR: "Two famous parrots and a bevy of YouTube videos have now convinced scientists that people aren't the only ones who can groove to a musical beat."
Very cool visualization of sound waves (and music) by flame!
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