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Music and the Brain

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the basic anatomy and physiology of the brain, and the neurological, physiological, and psychological effects of music on the brain.
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Most of what we know about music and the brain has been discovered in the last 20 years. Music is universal across all cultures and, like other arts, is a function of specific social and cultural influences. Listening to or playing music can provide pleasure, joy, and comfort and create life-changing experiences that involve almost every part of our brain. According to neuroscience, listening to or playing even the simplest melody requires the interaction and collaboration of many parts of the brain.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Identify basic structures and functions of the brain.
  • Describe how music may affect the structures and functions of the brain.
  • Describe the neurological effects of listening to, and playing, music.
  • Identify the physiological effects of music on the brain.
  • Identify the psychological effects of music on the brain.

Most of what we know about music and the brain has been discovered in the last few decades. Music is universal across all cultures, and, like other arts, is a function of specific social and cultural influences. Listening to or playing music can provide pleasure, joy, and comfort and create life-changing experiences that involve almost every part of our brain. According to neuroscience, listening to or playing even the simplest melody requires the interaction and collaboration of many parts of the brain. Neuroscience that focuses on examining the effects of music on the brain is now examining which specific chemicals in the brain are involved in listening to music and which chemicals are involved in playing music so that music can be used to support the health of both the brain and the body (Landau, 2016; Sacks, 2006).

Whether you are listening to rock music in your car or listening to Mozart at home, music affects our brain’s chemistry, neurophysiology, and neuroanatomy. For example, music can change our mood, change our physiology, motivate us, or increase our ability to concentrate more effectively. Because of advances in neuroscience, researchers are now able to quantitatively measure how music affects the brain (Bergland, 2012).

Today, more people listen to music than ever before in the history of the world, and there are more avenues for experiencing music than anyone could have predicted even just a few years ago. Using functional magnetic resonance images (fMRIs), scientists can determine which neurons in the brain are active when someone is listening to music versus when no music is being heard. The field of music cognition (the study of music as a product of the human mind) existed before fMRIs, but there has been significant growth in this field of research and its application to health in recent years (Patel, 2015).

There are many avenues being used to integrate sound and music into the daily lives of individuals.

  • Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship (American Music Therapy Association [AMTA], 2017).
  • Music psychology is a subspecialty of psychology that uses music to support psychological and physical health (University of Sheffield, 2017).
  • Psychoacoustics is the study of the perception of sound, including how we listen, our psychological responses to sound, and the physiological impact of music and sound on the human nervous system (Lakovides, 2004).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
AOTA CEUs:

0.2

Practice Level:

Beginner/Introductory

Content Focus:

Domain of OT

Course Expires:

October 12, 2020

Instructor(s):
  • Caroline Young, MPH
  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

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