Music & Pain

Original Report Music Modulation of Pain Perception and Pain-Related Activity in the Brain, Brain Stem, and Spinal Cord: A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study

Highlights Pain modulation by music is investigated with fMRI of the brain and spinal cord. Behavioral responses showed a roughly 10% reduction of pain ratings with music. fMRI showed altered responses to pain with music in spinal cord and higher structures. Results suggest that music may evoke activation of the descending analgesia pathway. Abstract The…

Music & Dementia

Melody Processing Characterizes Functional Neuroanatomy in the Aging Brain

Melody Processing Characterizes Functional Neuroanatomy in the Aging Brain Click here to view original web page at www.frontiersin.org 1Dementia Research Centre, Department of Neurodegenerative Disease, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, University College London, London, United Kingdom 2Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, University College London, London, United Kingdom 3Department…

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Study shows that music can rewire the brain

A new Finnish research team have found that practising an instrument can make you a better communicator by altering the brain. Sound, and by extension music, is a primal form of communication. We can express emotion, tell stories, inspire empathy, trust and compassion through the sounds we make, and […] Click here to view original…

Music & Pain

Music and pattern change in chronic pain

The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of music as a unitary–transformative means of altering the perception of chronic pain among women with rheumatoid arthritis within the context of Newman’s model of health as expanding consciousness. In this repeated measures investigation, 30 women diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis for a minimum of 6…

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Keep Your Brain Young with Music

If you want to firm up your body, head to the gym. If you want to exercise your brain, listen to music. “There are few things that stimulate the brain the way music does,” says one Johns Hopkins otolaryngologist. “If you want to keep your brain engaged throughout the […] Click here to view original…

Music & Dementia

The Effects of Music on Bathing Cooperation for Residents with Dementia

The task of bathing uncooperative patients with middle to late dementia constantly challenges caregivers who must balance the important ethical concerns of maintaining patient autonomy/dignity while also meeting basic physical needs. The agitation associated with bathing is expressed in a multitude of behaviors ranging from physical and verbal combativeness to avoidance and hiding. The purpose…