Music Effects on EEG in Intrusive and Withdrawn Mothers with Depressive Symptoms

Alexandra Tornek, Tiffany Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Miguel Diego, Nancy Jones

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THE EEG patterns of 48 intrusive and withdrawn mothers with depressive symptoms were assessed following a 20-minute music session to determine if the music had mood-altering effects. Half the mothers listened to classical music while half listened to rock music. Intrusive mothers were expected to have more positive responses and more symmetrical EEG following the calming classical music, while withdrawn mothers were expected to have a more positive response and symmetrical EEG following the energizing rock music. Although more positive EEGs were noted for rock music in both groups, only the withdrawn mothers showed a significant change in EEG toward symmetry following rock music, and only the intrusive mothers showed a decrease in cortisol levels following the rock music. Their State Anxiety Inventory (STAI) anxiety levels also decreased, while the Profile of Mood States (POMS) depressed mood levels decreased significantly for all four groups following music.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-243
Number of pages10
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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