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Music Therapy and Biomarkers of Depression Treatment

Jörg Fachner

Citation Information : Fachner J. Music Therapy and Biomarkers of Depression Treatment. 2016; 5 (2):36-40.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10085-5211

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; The Author(s).


How can we document change as a function of doing music in a therapeutic setting and how does it work? Biomarkers representing the effectiveness and those representing the music therapy process are related to an accumulation of and a focus on important moments in therapy time. Analysing resting state EEG may inform about group effects, while moments of interest in the improvisational process may reveal synchronization of brain processes. In music therapy it may be an important key to understand where and why change in therapy occurs. We will discuss the promises of biomarkers and neurometrics for music therapy, will draw on results of depression research, on recent work with wireless EEGs and improvisation, music performance, neurofeedback and game applications in psychiatric and neurorehabilitation.

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