Special Issue "The Expanding Scope of Music in Healthcare"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.
Interests: music medicine; rhythmic sensory stimulation; music in health care; physical and mental response to music and sound vibration; mechanisms of music response
The role of music in healthcare has been evident since antiquity, with examples such as King Saul's mental anguish relieved by David's harp playing or the shamanist practices involving music in many societies. In recent modern times, music therapy has developed as a practice strongly focused on psychological, social, and quality of life concerns and seen some acceptance in general healthcare. The past ten years, however, have witnessed a dramatic increase in interest within the medical community for ways music can function more directly in areas such as neurological and physical rehabilitation, analgesia, stress relief, brain stimulation, sleep induction, blood flow enhancement, or spinal alignment. The 2019 initiative in the USA with the National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Arts collaborating to grant some 20 million dollars to research studies focused on music and health shows the importance of this emerging approach to treatment. This Special Issue entitled, "The Expanding Scope of Music in Healthcare" will feature original research, reviews, short reports, or opinion pieces focused on: (1) the health-related results of cognitive processing of music, including arousal, association, analysis, engagement, distraction, aesthetic enjoyment, etc.; (2) the effects of music activating specific neural circuits or regions; (3) the effects of music/sound as rhythmic pulse on body, blood, bone, or brain as a result of mechanical cellular or electrical neural stimulation; and (4) the clinical efficacy of music as a means of care throughout the life-span including palliative care. Papers may include evidence-based studies, but those focused on the mechanism of music/sound effects are of particular interest.
Dr. Lee Bartel
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Music therapy
- Music medicine
- Music neuroscience
- Sensory stimulation