On November 11th, professor Töres Theorell gave a lecture in the ”Culture and Health”-series "Quantitative and Qualitative Aspects of Culture Health Research". He pointed out that qualitative studies are important for generation of hypothesis and insight into processes and not outspoken intentions. Quantitative studies help to confirm or refute proposed effects, and are therefore necessary for societal decisions. In his lecture, professor Theorell gave a number of examples from various own studies, ranging from effects of singing on oxytocin levels, to comparisions between classical and cultural based management trainings.
Töres Theorell is Professor Emeritus at Stockholm University, involved in research with epidemiological databases on culture and other psychosocial work environment factors in relation to somatic and mental illness.
A few publications:
Psychological Health Effects of Musical Experiences, Theorell, SpringerBriefs in Psychology, Springer 2014.
Health Effects on Leaders and Co-Workers of an Art-Based Leadership Development Program, Romanowska et al, Psychother Psychosom 80:78 (2011)
Dance/movement therapy and changes in stress-related hormones: a study of fibromyalgia patients with video-interpretation, Bojner-Horwitz et al, ARTS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY 30:255 (2003)
An inteview, 2014-11-11