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Current Research Projects

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function is dedicated to furthering the field of music therapy by conducting research projects to identify new and effective therapy methods.

Here is a list of some of the IMNF’s current research projects:

Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation Grant

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function has developed a study to look at medically complex people who are receiving in home care. The study will examine whether or not music therapy will have an impact on overall healthcare costs, quality of life and quality of care for these patients. The theory is that patients undergoing music therapy will require fewer emergency room trips and less hospital care. Along with providing music therapy to the patients in the study, the IMNF will train caregivers with music–based tools. This will increase the exposure to the health benefits of music. The study began in January 2009 and will be completed in June, 2011.

The Effect of Active Music–Making Music Therapy on Depression and Apathy in Community–Based Day Heath Care Patients with Neurological Impairments

This study investigates the effect of individualized active music–making music therapy on depression and apathy in patients with neurological impairments. It will compare the effect of music therapy combined with routine psychological treatment, individually provided social visits with routine psychological treatment or routine psychological treatment alone. The findings of the study so far suggest that individualized active music-making therapy is an effective and low risk form of intervention for patients with neurological impairments who suffer from depression and lack of motivation, demonstrating positive implication for its use in heath care facilities for similar individuals. This study began in September 2008 and ended in September 2009.

For more information on research programs at the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, please call 718- 519-5840 or email imnf@centerlight.org.


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