Investigating Embodied Music Cognition for Health and Well-Being

  • Micheline Lesaffre
Part of the Springer Handbooks book series (SHB)


The aim of this chapter is to highlight challenges involved in the successful deployment of the rather young paradigm of embodied music cognition in the comprehensive domain of health and well-being. Both our current society and systematic musicology are experiencing transitions that have given rise to cross-disciplinary research collaboration between researchers in musicology, the sciences, and a variety of stakeholders in health and well-being. It has been shown that the interdisciplinary, empirical approach that typifies embodied music cognition research has the potential to bring new perspectives to therapeutic approaches for well-being. However, to bring this potential to fruition, researchers have to face the many challenges that arise from the difficulties of using new methods and technologies, especially when working in unfamiliar domains and contexts. In this chapter a framework is presented that provides support to the prominent question of how know-how from the paradigm of embodied music cognition can be efficiently transferred to the sectors of health, rehabilitation, and well-being.




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Authors and Affiliations

  • Micheline Lesaffre
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  1. 1.IPEM – Musicology, Department of Art, Music and Theatre SciencesGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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