Psychological Health Effects of Musical Experiences

Theories, Studies and Reflections in Music Health Science

  • Töres Theorell

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
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    Pages 1-8
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    Pages 9-16
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    Pages 17-27
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    Pages 29-32
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    Pages 49-61
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    Pages 63-77
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    Pages 79-86
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    Pages 87-94
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About this book


This book is about links between music and health. It focuses on music and public health, and, in particular, the potentially positive and negative effects of listening to and making music on the health of the general population. The book starts out by discussing the protection music offers against adverse effects of stress. It then discusses social aspects of music production and listening, and examines religious music within the framework of social functioning. It offers insight into the physiological and psychological effects of music listening, the biological effects of singing, and the use of music in therapeutic situations and the rearing of children. The book concludes by discussing the significance of music for musicians and their health. Although it may seem that music has only good health effects, and therefore all professional musicians should be healthy, not all music effects are positive. The book describes situations in which music has negative health effects, and makes clear that there is a pronounced difference between living with music for joy and to earn one´s living from making music. In the latter situation, performance anxiety may become a factor that affects health adversely.


Effects of Music on Health Flow Music and Human Togetherness Music in Religion Music in Social Cohesion Music in Treatment Musician´s Health Physiological Effects of Music on Health Role of Music in Societies and Groups Singing Together Singing and Health Stress and Music

Authors and affiliations

  • Töres Theorell
    • 1
  1. 1.Karolinska InstitutetStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8919-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8920-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8363
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8371
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