Music Therapy by Makayla Loeb

Music therapy is used on people who have a disorder like depression or dementia. The reason why is because music is a core function of our brains. Our brains are primed early on to respond to and process music. Research has shown that day-old infants are able to detect differences in rhythmic patterns. We also have physiologic responses to music. Every time your breathing quickens, your heart-rate increases, or you feel a shiver down your spine, that's your body responding physiologically to music. Qualified music therapists can use this to help stimulate a person in a coma or use music to effectively help someone relax. Lastly music taps into our emotions. Have you ever listened to music and smiled? Or felt sad? Whether from the music itself, or from our associations with the music, music taps into into our emotional systems. Many people use this in a ''therapeutic'' way, listening to certain music that makes them feel a certain way. The ability for music to access our emotions is very beneficial for music therapists.

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