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Neurocognitive Music Therapy

Intersecting Music, Medicine and Technology for Health and Well-Being

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  • Presents cutting-edge research in neurocognitive music therapy
  • Showcases evidence-based techniques with actionable protocols for immediate application
  • Explores traditional music therapy techniques and contemporary technological tools

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About this book

For thousands of years, music has acted as a powerful medium for evoking emotions, facilitating communication, and nurturing overall well-being. With the advent of new sophisticated neuroimaging technology, human responses to music and music therapy are being viewed through a new lens. As a consequence, new knowledge is being obtained about how music can produce significant improvements in cognitive, social, overt and agitated behaviours. The aim of this book is to provide an overview of neurocognitive music therapy, its impact and implications in the practice of evidence-based music interventions. The book seeks to provide researchers, psychologists, music therapists, musicians and physicians interested in the therapeutic applications of music, with a source of information about current techniques and novel music interventions. It is structured into several chapters, each of them presenting peer-reviewed research and evidence-based procedures carried out in a specific clinical context. Topics covered in the book include:

  •         Musical engagement for individuals with motor disabilities
  •         Enhancing emotional processing in autism through music
  •         Stroke rehabilitation via musical interventions
  •         Musical neurofeedback for emotional disorders
  •         Emotional modulation with music therapy in palliative care
  •         AI-driven personalisation in music interventions

The book highlights the profound capacity of music-based interventions to facilitate cognitive and emotional processing, enhance communication, and promote motor rehabilitation. At the same time, the book demonstrates how modern technologies offer new opportunities to evaluate, validate, and potentiate music-based interventions, allowing new and innovative possibilities and more personalised interventions. This book aims to contribute to the growing body of knowledge in this field and inspire further research and innovation in the practice of music therapy.


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Music and Machine Learning Lab, Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

    Rafael Ramírez-Meléndez

About the author

Dr. Rafael Ramirez-Melendez holds the position of Tenured Associate Professor and leads the Music and Machine Learning Lab at Universitat Pompeu Fabra's Department of Information and Communication Technologies in Barcelona. He earned his BSc in Mathematics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and went on to obtain both his MSc in Artificial Intelligence and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bristol, UK. In addition, Dr. Ramirez-Melendez has a strong musical background, having trained in Classical Violin and Guitar, and has performed across Europe, America, and Asia. His research interests encompass a broad spectrum, from music technology, music therapy, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience, to their implications in music learning, health, and overall well-being. Specifically, he has explored the therapeutic potential of music in treating a range of conditions, from emotional disorders to palliative care, and he has delved into the modelling of music listening, playing, and learning using machine learning techniques. Over the course of his career, he has contributed to over 120 peer-reviewed international journals and conference publications and has delivered invited lectures worldwide.

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