Music that works: Contributions of biology, neurophysiology, psychology, sociology, medicine and musicology

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Roland Haas, Vera Brandes
Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 8, 2010 - Psychology - 342 pages
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Many different disciplines are analyzing the impact of music today. How and why this ancient cultural asset molds, empowers and makes use of us can only become apparent in a synopsis and exchange involving scientific research. With this perspective as its foundation, the conference "Mozart and Science" extended invitations to the first interdisciplinary and international dialogue between the social and physical sciences about the effects of music. This book is based on the results of that congress. It contains contributions penned by leading scientists from around the world belonging to diverse music science disciplines and in particular covers psycho-physiological, neuro-developmental and cognitive aspects associated with the experience of music. Additional essays provide insights into research conducted about how music is applied in therapy and medicine.


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Music that works
listen to brain activity
Chronobiology as a foundation for and an approach to a new understanding of the influence of music
incorporating scalable musicbased interventions into standard medical practice
A perspective on evidencebased practice
The audiovocal system in song and speech development
implications for the salutogenetic effects of intervention by means of music therapy
Music and the self
a developmental perspective
Prenatal experience and the phylogenesis and ontogenesis of music
Music and the evolution of human brain function
Clinical applications of music therapy in neurologic rehabilitation
on the source and functions of musicality
A study of synchronisation behaviour in a group of test persons during Baksy and Dhikr exercises via psychophysiological monitoring
Emotion modulation by means of music and coping behaviour
a pilot study

Neural substrates of processing syntax and semantics in music
making scientific progress in brainbased music research in typical development autism and other disorders
The rhythm of the heart the tempus of music Mozart Ligeti and the Rat
incorporating music into standard hospital care

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Roland Haas, PhD, theatrical advisor, festival director, author and lecturer, former rector of the University Mozarteum, Salzburg, revived research into the effects of music in Austria with the research network "Man and Musicâ" of the Salzburg Universities from 2001, supported by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. He is president of the "I.M.A.R.A.A." International Music and Art Research Association Austria which has initiated the Mozart&Science conferences focused on the current state of interdisciplinary music effect research, both nationally and internationally.

Vera Brandes' first career was as a concert promoter, independent music industry entrepreneur and renowned music producer. As a psychologist and music and media effect researcher, she is director of the Research Program for MusicMedicine at the Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria, member of the board of the I.M.A.R.A.A., international program coordinator of Mozart&Science and member of the founder`s board of the International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM).

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