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An empirical investigation of the anxiolytic and pain reducing effects of music

Davies, John B. and Macdonald, Raymond A.R. and Mitchell, Laura A. and Dillon, Teresa and Serpell, Michael G. and Ashley, Euan A. (2003) An empirical investigation of the anxiolytic and pain reducing effects of music. Psychology of Music, 31 (2). pp. 187-203. ISSN 0305-7356

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Abstract

This article reports two empirical experiments investigating the anxiety and pain reducing effects of listening to music via personal stereo following surgical procedures involving general anaesthetic. Both experiments involved participants selecting music of their own choice. In Experiment 1, following minor surgery on the foot, 20 participants in an experimental group listened to music while 20 participants in a control group did not. Results indicate that the music group felt significantly less anxiety than the control group. No differences in pain measurements between the two groups were found. Experiment 2 involved a music listening group of 30 females and a no music control group of 28 females. Both groups underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy. Postoperative measures of pain, anxiety and patient-controlled analgesia were taken. No differences between the groups were obtained on these measurements. The results of both experiments are discussed with reference to subjective responses to musical stimuli.

Item type: Article
ID code: 1684
Keywords: anxiety, McGill pain questionnaire, music therapy, music psychology, Music, Psychology, Archaeology, Music
Subjects: Music and Books on Music > Music
Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2007
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 11:54
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/1684

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