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New approach in music therapy to help trace change in depression – University of York

Sunday, 13 November, 2022

New approach in music therapy to help trace change in depression – University of York

Researchers have proposed a new way of harnessing music therapy for the diagnosis, assessment and monitoring of depression.

The study, by researchers at the University of York and the Royal College of Music, focused on the significance of “phatic” behaviours in improvisational music therapy - a form of therapy during which a client and a therapist interact by making music together.

Phatic behaviours in conversation can include small-talk, interjections and gestures which put the other person at ease and strengthen social bonds and understanding. These behaviours can change during depression in a range of ways such as longer pauses within a speaker’s turn, a drop in rate of speech, an overall fall in vocal pitch and a reduction in eye contact.

Read more at: https://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2022/research/music-therapy-to-help-trace-changes-depression/

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