Track 1 – Sound & Health

The assumption that the environment is an essential part in recovery from disease has gained increasing attention among healthcare professionals. Scientific findings showing that environmental sources, such as air quality, lightening, sound, music and architecture can improve recovery and well-being in clinical settings have led to new ways of thinking about the lay-out of health facilities. Music intervention in particular have received extensive scientific interest. The session will focus on state of the art research into how music can be used to improve health and general well-being.


“From brain research to clinical applications of music”
by Kira Vibe Jespersen, Center for Music in the Brain, MSc., Ph.D, Postdoctoral Researcher

Through the ages music has been used for health purposes all over the world. Modern neuroscience has enabled us to disentangle some of the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of music. In this presentation, Kira Vibe Jespersen will give an introduction to how music is processed in the brain and how we may use these effects to improve health. She will give examples from recent research into the use of music to alleviate pain and improve sleep quality.

“The sound of music – musical ear training with cochlear implant users”
by Bjørn Petersen, Center for Music in the Brain, Ph.D, Assistant Professor

The cochlear implant (CI) allows individuals with severe to profound hearing loss to gain or regain the sense of hearing and more than 500,000 people use them in their daily communication. While CIs provide good perception of speech, music listening is unsatisfactory, leading to reduced music enjoyment. In this presentation, Bjørn Petersen gives an account of how active musical ear training may assist CI users in improving their music discrimination skills and thus potentially ameliorate their appreciation of music.