Music and the Mind Term Paper by Nicky

Music and the Mind
A review of a study on how music and relaxation techniques reduce pain following intestinal surgery.
# 148252 | 1,511 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 05, 2011 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Music Studies (General)

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The paper reports on an empirical research project that explored how music helps reduce pain and helps the patient return to normal sleep patterns following intestinal (INT) surgery. The paper critiques the study and explains why this experiment is valuable.

Literature Review - Experiments in Music and Behavior

From the Paper:

"The author's conclusions: after initial testing and continued testing on day 1 and day 2 following surgeries, the interventions "provided many patients with clinically significant relief" (Good 248). For the "control group" (that did not participate with music, relaxation or the combination) "greater sensation and/or distress were significantly and moderately related to slower recovery" following the surgeries. The reduction in pain experienced by the groups receiving music, relaxation and the combination did not result in "improved recovery rates" (Good 247)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Good, Marion, Anderson, Gene Cranston, Ahn, Sukhee, Cong, Xiaomei, and Stanton-Hicks. "Relaxation and Music Reduce Pain Following Intestinal Surgery." Research In Nursing & Health 28, no. 3 (June, 2005) 240-251.
  • Levitin, Daniel J. This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession. New York:Penguin Books, 2006.
  • Sacks, Oliver. Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. New York: Knopf PublishingGroup, 2007.

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