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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