Music Therapy & Neuroscience – Open Access

The two below articles are free access, so you can follow the link and read this current research!

Hunt (2015) published an article examining the study of music therapy in neuroscience. Her article addresses how operationalizing music (breaking it down to basic components or protocols) and removing it from the therapeutic interaction that is essential to music therapy misses an importnat aspect of clinical music therapy. In this paper Hunt discusses some alternative methods for study of music therapy in neuroscience that may allow for study if the human brain IN music therapy.

Hunt, A.M. (2015). Boundaries and potentials of traditional and alternative neuroscience research methods in music therapy research. Front Hum Neurosci., 9:342. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00342. PMID: 26106321

Another article on the topic of neuroscience and music therapy explores the multal benefits of collaborations between neuroscientists and music therapists. In the publication by Magee & Stewart (2015) readers are presented with a dialogue between a music therapist and a neuroscientist. Topics include collaborations, use of Cochrane Reviews to inform practice, and clinician-based research.

Magee, W.L., & Stewart, L. (2015). The challenges and benefits of a genuine partnership between Music Therapy and Neuroscience: a dialog between scientist and therapist. Front Hum Neurosci., 9:223. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00223. PMID: 25983683


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