Electroencephalography and Music Therapy: On the Same Wavelength?

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      Tyler Akey

      Link: http://mmd.iammonline.com.libproxy.wlu.ca/index.php/musmed/article/view/MMD-2013-5-4-5/98
      Citation: Fachner, J., & Stagemann, T. (2013). Electroencephalography and Music Therapy: On the Same Wavelength?. Music and Medicine, 5(4), 217-222.
      Affiliations: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
      University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
      Abstract: Particularly due to its temporal resolution, electroencephalography (EEG) has proved to be a feasible tool to study music perception and
      cognition. Consistent with the growing impact of neuroscientific research in music within the last two decades, the application of
      electrophysiological parameters has become more interesting for music therapy as well. This article offers an overview of electrophysiological
      basics and principles of EEG recording. Further, it reviews some electrophysiological studies on music perception.
      Eventually, it focuses on the results of EEG studies in participants with depression: clinically relevant reductions in depression and anxiety
      parameters are accompanied by lasting changes in resting EEG, that is,significant absolute power increases at left frontotemporal alpha
      and theta waves. The implications for future developments in research and clinical practice of music therapy are discussed.

      Keywords: electroencephalography (EEG), music therapy, emotion, depression, lateralization

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