Effects of Music on Human Health and Wellness: Physiological Measurements and Research Design

Therese West, Gail Ironson

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This article suggests some possible ways to approach the rather daunting task of researching music-spirit-mindbody-health interactions, which occur both within individual experiences and within a matrix of shared cultural values and meanings. It attempts to find a coherent path along which to investigate the interconnections of music's influences within and among physical, psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual domains. Its purpose is to offer a broad overview of issues relevant to physiological measurements and research design in music medicine research, with an emphasis on approaches, which focus on stress systems. It gives a detailed account of historical problems in the research literature, methodological issues, and promising lines of research, as well as possible new areas for research development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199940509, 9780199756261
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012



  • Methodological issues
  • Music medicine research
  • Physiological measurements
  • Spiritual domains
  • Stress systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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