Soothing the Savage Breast: Therapeutic Applications of Music

  • Glenn D. Wilson
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


Despite some reservations and limitations, music is demonstrated to be potentially beneficial in medical context. It has been shown to directly enhance mood, bolster immunity, motivate people, reawaken pleasant memories or distract from unpleasant realities. Moreover, music can contribute to health and well-being by offering alternative/complementary, non-verbal channels of communication. Since verbal skills are most frequently used to assess mental competence—for example, in assigning children to special homes and/or older people to certain geriatric wards, there is a risk that people who are musically competent are submerged in what, for them, is an impoverished or unfamiliar environment. The implementation of music in the treatment of various groups of individuals seems particularly beneficial in our current culture which too frequently is characterised by stimulus overload.


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  • Glenn D. Wilson
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  1. 1.Consultant PsychologistLondonUK

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