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Discover the Origins of Music Therapy

Biomedical Foundations of Music as Therapy by Dale B. Taylor explores the beginnings and real applications of music as therapy

A new edition covering years of investigations on music therapy and the brain. Contains dozens of
full color illustrations, a new chapter describing the research basis for the new hypothesis on cognition,
a Foreword by a Mayo Clinic College of Medicine neurologist, over twice as many pages as edition
one due to volumes of new research, and numerous references to real applications of biomedical
theory by practicing music therapists and educators. Presents a unifying theoretical basis for observed
therapeutic effects of music by laying a scientific foundation for the thesis that the brain is the target
organ for sensory input and the mediator of neural impulses that result in physical, emotional, and
spiritual wellness. Describes the role of music therapy to enhance human capabilities in treating
behavior disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, developmental disorders, pain management,
anxiety reduction, critical care, burn units, oncology, obstetrics, pediatrics, surgery, coronary care,
traumatic brain injury, immune functions, cognitive disabilities, and severe depression.

Chapters and Contents  

  • Table of Figures
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • Foreward

Chapter I - Prologue: Perspectives on Music as Therapy

  • Historical Perspectives
  • Facing the Question: What is Music Therapy?
  • Various Theoretical Approaches and Biomedical Theory
  • Biomedical Music Therapy Theory: An

Chapter II - The Human Brain

  • Brain Functioning
  • Developmental Audiation and Music
  • Development of Musical Behaviors

Chapter III - Musical Influences on Cortical Processing

  • Hemispheric Processing of Musical Behavior
  • Cortical Arousal and Music
  • Music and Disabilities Due to Brain Impairment
  • Biochemical Respondents

Chapter IV - Musical Influences on Cognition

  • Reception, Perception, and Cognition
  • The Brain, Cognition, and Music
  • Disorders Involving Cognitive Impairment
  • Music Therapy with Psychotic Disorders
  • Music Therapy with Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dimentias
  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Music Therapy

Chapter V - The Biomedical Theory of Music Therapy and Pain

  • Pain Perception and Musical Influence
  • Analgesic Music in Surgery
  • Music for Pain Management in Childbirth
  • Pain Management with Burn Patients
  • Pain Control in Selected General Hospital Units

Chapter VI - Musical Effects on Cranial Centers for Emotion

  • Emotional Responses to Music
  • Neuropsychology of Emotion and Music
  • Brain Reinforcement and Musical Stimuli
  • Emotional Cognition and Musical Influences
  • Mood Disorders
  • Music Therapy for Reversal of Suicidal Behavior
  • Music Therapy for Eating Disorders
  • Crt Applications
  • Crt for Bulimia Nervosa
  • Biomedical Influences of Music on Behavior Disorders
  • Controlling Emotions with Music in Physical Medicine

Chapter VII - Music For Recovery of Physical and Communication Skills

  • Cortical Control of Movement During Musical Activity
  • Music in Physical Rehabilitation
  • Music Therapy for Language Disorders
  • Sensory Disorders: Enhancing Communication Skills with Music
  • Music Medicine: Treatment for Injured Musicians

Chapter VIII - Musical Influences on Anxiety and Stress Physiology

  • Anxiety Disorders and Brain Functioning
  • Physiology of Anxiety and Stress
  • Immune System Biology and Musical Influences
  • Managing Axiety and Stress in Infants and Children
  • Anxiolytic Music in Medical and Dental Procedures

Chapter IX - Conclusion: Rediscovering Music Therapy

  • Practical Implications of the Biomedical Theory of Music Therapy
  • Conclusion





During his presentation on "A Neuroanatomical Model for the Use of Music in the Remediation of Aphasic Disorders" in 1985 at the Music in Rehabilitation and Human Well-Being Conference in New York City, Dr. Taylor became the first person to use the word "plasticity" to describe the behavior of neurons in the brain when he offered his theory of "Functional Plasticity" to explain why TBI victims who are involved in music recover language skills faster and more completely than nonmusical aphasia sufferers.
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