The American public health department NIH has recently financed the Sound Health Intitiative for 20 Million Dollars. The intitiative aims to research the potential of music in the treatment of a wide spectrum of neurological and psychiatric conditions. Which projects have been financed? Below is a list with a short summary of each project, more information is on the NIH website.
1. Yale University: Music, Hallucinations & Predictive Coding
Does listening to music help sooth patients suffering from Psychosis?
2. Washington University: Sing for Your Saunter: Using Self-Generated Rhythmic Cues to Enhance Gait in Parkinson’s
Can singing and music help with coordination for people with Parkinson's disease?
3. University of Southern California: Music Appreciation After Cochlear Implantation
A study about how the ability to appreciate music develops after patients have had a Cochlear implant
4. University of Southern California: Music Training, Bilingualism and Executive Functioning
This project investigates the effect of music training on the cognitive ability of school children from Los Angeles
5. University of California, San Diego: Large-Scale Nested Studies of the Impact of Music on Brain and Behavioral Development
Research about the effect of music on the brain's development using existing data from the PLING/SYMPHONY survey
6. University of California at Davis: The Role of Involuntary Repetitive Music Imagery in Memory Consolidation
Research about music's effect on the memory
7. Tufts University Medford: Developing an Animal Model to Study Auditory-Motor Interactions During Rhythm Perception
Animal models are used to study perception of rythmn
8. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis: Decreasing Delirium Through Music (DDM) in Critically Ill Older Adults
The project focuses on the effect of music on elderly patients with chronic illnesses, and how music can reduce the risk of delirium
9. Medical College of Wisconsin: Evaluating the Impact of Singing Interventions on Markers of Cardiovascular Health in Older Patients with Cardiovascular Disease
The effect of singing on older patients with Cardiovascular Disease
10. Ohio State University: Investigating the Neural Mechanisms Underlying Language Recovery Through Rhythm Therapy in Aphasia
Can rhythm therapy help the brain recover from language loss?
11. Vanderbilt University: Musical Rhythm Sensitivity to Scaffold Social Engagement in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Music and rhythm as therapy to improve social interaction for patients with Autism Sprectrum disorder (ASD)
12. University of Rochester: Effects of Music Training on Auditory Processing and High-Frequency Hearing Abilities in Adolescent Musicians
Research about the mechanisms that lie behind musicians enhanced ability to process sound
13. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis: Biologic Mechanisms and Dosing of Active Music Engagement to in Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Parents
Music therapy to reduce stress and improve immune function for children with Leukemia.
14. University of Minnesota: Effects of Music Based Intervention (MBI) on Neurodevelopment and Pain Response in Preterm Infants
Listening to music to improve sleep, brain development and pain management in premature children
15. University of Washington: Effect of Music Intervention on Infant Brainstem Encoding of Speech
The effect of music on children's hearing