Music in Body and Brain

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Music activates most of the brain, and the brain’s response to music is integrated with bodily sensations and activity. When music sends impulses through the auditory system, it activates attention, memory and expectation, and the body responds with emotions and potential motion, as well as changes in heartbeat, breathing and perspiration.
The present text aims at illuminating brain structures and brain functions related to music and music therapy. The first three sections describe relationships and interactions between the auditory system and relevant brain structures. The two following sections address music-related brain functions and the reward systems which can induce feelings of pleasure in the body. The final section focuses on music’s activation of extensive brain networks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Comprehensive Guide to Music Therapy, 2nd Edition : Theory, Clinical Practice, Research and Training
EditorsStine Lindahl Jacobsen, inge Nygaard Pedersen, Lars Ole Bonde
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationLondon and Philadelphia
PublisherJessica Kingsley Publishers
Publication date28 Jun 2019
ISBN (Print)978 1 78592 427 9
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 78450 793 0
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2019


  • Music
  • Music therapy
  • Embodiment
  • Brain structures
  • Brain functions
  • Reward systems


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