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Recent Research in Psychoacoustic Music & Sound


The following links bring you to research and information in the field of intentional music and sound. We will update this section as additional data becomes available. Now, go get your notepad, cup of coffee, reading glasses, and dig in...

The Tomatis Program Has BEEN TESTED Rigorously

Research study: Accompanying Pregnant Women with The Tomatis Method

Statistical Evaluation of Tomatis Training Results for 119 people in Sweden

Books and Articles about the Tomatis Method

Research Study - Efficacy of The Listening Program, Sheffield University

Musicality from Birth to Five

Research on Music Teaching and Learning During Elementary School Years

Music Therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Music Listening in Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Music, Stress Reduction and Medical Cost Savings in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Sound Therapy Induced Relaxation: Down Regulating Stress Processes and Pathologies

Tonal Nitric Oxide and Health a Free Radical and a Scavenger of Free Radicals

Infrasonics Enhance Emotions?

Music Leaves Its Mark On The Brain

Effects of Vibroacoustic Music on Symptom Reduction In Hospitalized Patients

The Story of Gregorian Chant

The following organizations and periodicals provide excellent, abundant resources for the study of the effect of music and sound on the human nervous system.

MuSICA Research Notes MuSICA (The Music & Science Information Computer Archive, located at the University of California at Irvine) includes a newsletter (MRN) of analysis and commentary on the broad field of research on music and behavior, including evolution, brain mechanisms, child development, perception, learning, memory, performance, health and related topics. The author of all material is Dr. Norman M. Weinberger. MuSICA Research Notes was published in nineteen issues from Spring 1994 through Summer 2001.

The M.I.N.D. Institute at The University of California at IrvineThe Music Intelligence Neural Development (M.I.N.D.) Institute is a community based, non-profit, interdisciplinary basic scientific research institute which was formed in 1997, by the team of scientists that did the dramatic and ground breaking research that used music as a window into higher brain function. At the core of this resarch is the structured trion model of higher brain function that makes clear predictions about the relationship of music and the neural machinery of mammalian cortex. Results from behavioral studies confirming these predictions have received world-wide media and public attention. The goal of the M.I.N.D. Institute is not only to understand the neural machinery of higher brain function and perform innovative behavioral studies, but to channel the results back into society to the benefit of education and medicine.

International Foundation for Music Research The International Foundation for Music Research (IFMR) was founded in 1997 to support scientific research to explore the relationship between music and physical and emotional wellness, with particular attention to the elderly population, the impact of music making on at-risk youth, and music education and the effect of music and music making. IFMR also convenes scientists, educators and others around critical issues in music research and disseminates research through its publication, IFMR News, and various on-line research referral services and archives.

The Institute for Music Research Of special note: IMR is currently preparing a proposal for a PH.D in Music Psychology. The degree will be a Ph.D. in Music with a specialization in Music Psychology. Emphases will include such areas as: Music Perception and Cognition, Neuromusical Research, Music Medicine, Music for the Cognitively Impaired, and Music Technology.

Journal of Music Theory

Journal of New Music Research

The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

Music Journals and Magazines, Newspapers and Periodicals from the William and Gayle Cook Music Library, Indiana University School of Music, and Worldwide Internet Music Resources.

The Musical Brain Conference, presented by The Royal Institution of Great Britain (July, 2002)

University of Miami/Music Research This web site is designed to assist researchers in conducting music research. Numerous links are available to assist in doing library research, collecting data, analyzing the data, writing the research report, and disseminating the research.

Universities with psychoacoustic-related fields of study:

UC Berkeley CNMAT is a music research, teaching, recording and performance facility located in the hills just north of the UC Berkeley campus. There are many ways the public, composers, musicians, researchers, professors and students from around the world can be involved at CNMAT.

Stanford The Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics is a multi-disciplinary facility where composers and researchers work together using computer-based technology both as an artistic medium and as a research tool.

See Soundwork Resources for additional information.

Please note: This section is a work in progress. If you are aware of recent research in music and sound not shown on this page, please let me know. I look to expand these resources as the news hits... Thanks,

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