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Frequently Asked Questions About Research at the IMNF

What are the areas of research in music therapy?

Research in music therapy focuses on how and why music and the different parts of music, such as rhythm, melody and song, affect neurologic, developmental and health related issues. Areas of study include speech/language and communication, attention/memory and other cognitive issues, sensory perceptual issues, emotion and psychosocial behavior, motor and movement, pain management and other developmental or degenerative issues.

Who benefits from music therapy research?

In addition to individuals with conditions that can benefit directly from the IMNF’s research findings, anyone concerned with human health and wellness can benefit from music therapy research. This includes individuals with mental, physical and behavioral health issues, their caregivers, healthcare professionals, educators, neuroscientists, biotechnologists, musicians and entrepreneurs interested in promoting health and wellness.

How is music therapy research conducted?

At the IMNF, research in music therapy focuses on how and why music works on the human body and mind. Clinical investigations involve measuring the effectiveness of a certain type of music therapy intervention. Neurological investigations try to understand how the brain processes music. The combination of clinical and neurological investigations has been at the core of the IMNF’s mission since its inception in 1993.

What kinds of outcomes does the research generate?

The results of music therapy research may appear in descriptive findings, graphic profiles of patient activity during movement or speech therapy sessions, or brain imaging scans.

How can I participate in a music therapy research study as a subject at IMNF?

The IMNF posts advertisements seeking research candidates throughout our local and global network. Anyone interested can simply respond to the advertisements by contacting the IMNF. Friends or family members can also contact us about studies.

What are the advantages and disadvantages involved in participating in music therapy research?

Music therapy is a very low-risk form of intervention and there is no known harm involved with participating in a clinical research program. In the case of a neurological study, there may be minor risks involved in the assessments such as brain scanning. In the latter case, the participant will be fully informed of those risks and allowed to drop out at any point in the research. By participating in a music therapy research study, one may not only benefit from the positive effect of music therapy, but also can contribute to furthering the understanding of the therapeutic potentials of music therapy.

How can I participate in a music therapy research study as an assistant or a therapist?

The IMNF posts advertisements seeking research assistants or therapists throughout our local and global networks. Anybody who is interested and meets the qualification criteria can simply respond to the advertisements by contacting IMNF.


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