Bureau of Economic Geology

"Music as Medicine"

August 2, 2019 12:00 PM
David Chapman

David Chapman
Project Manager, Bureau of Economic Geology


Most everyone has had the experience of music creating an emotional response.  While this isn’t yet fully understood, somehow, without using language, the frequencies of music can invoke emotion in a human being that can positively influence anxiety and stress.  This likely works via the interaction of brain waves and acoustic waves and the resulting brain wave entrainment and "noise cancelling" effects.  Similarly, it has been shown that heartbeats of an audience often synchronize with music at concert events.  https://scientificsounds.com/index.php/library/published-articles

In addition to mental health benefits, vibrational sound therapy is being improving patient outcomes for cancer patients, neonatal patients, Parkinson's patients, Alzheimer's patients, and may point to the acoustic vibrational coupling between supporting the sympathetic nervous system, various antibodies, immune cells, stress hormones, and support of accelerated healing states.  It can also significantly help with supporting restorative sleep.  https://www.apa.org/monitor/2013/11/music

In this talk, I will touch on some of the results people are having with using music as medicine and give the audience an opportunity to experience soundwaves that in many people induce deep meditative states of calm, without the typical decade of practice.  Come discover if this can work for you.