Scientists Investigate Health Benefits Of Music, Rhythm and Movement (by Sorcha Pollak)

Excerpt from Scientists Investigate Health Benefits Of Music, Rhythm and Movement
by Sorcha Pollak | The Irish Times | Tue, Jan 14, 2014, 01:00

NUI Maynooth has announced its involvement in a €3 million EU-funded project investigating whether music and rhythm can help improve mobility. The project, known as BeatHealth, will examine both patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and healthy participants undertaking moderate physical exercise.

According to Dr Tomás Ward from NUI Maynooth, music stimulates our sense of wellbeing at a subconscious level. “The idea that the power of music and rhythm makes us feel better has been around for a long time but science has begun to seriously investigate how this phenomenon can be harnessed as a drug-free way of actually improving health,” says Dr Ward, a senior lecturer in the Department of Engineering…. [click HERE for the rest]

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