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Music Therapy Advances in Neuro-disability - Innovations in Research and Practice: Summary Report and Reflections on a Two-Day International Conference

Julian Winn O'Kelly, Wendy Magee, Alex Street, Jörg Fachner, Adèle Isabel Drake, Joel Cahen, Teppo Särkämö, Hanne Mette Ridder, Monika Jungblut, Ruth Melhuish, Dale Taylor


This article provides a summary of the oral papers presented during a two day international conference, which took place on 7th & 8th June 2013, at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) in London. The summary texts detail innovative research projects and clinical developments across music therapy, music neuroscience and music psychology addressing the needs of those with acquired and degenerative neurological conditions. The diverse and evolving work in this field is reflected in the topics covered, including disorders of consciousness, dementia, stroke, and the use of modern neuro-imaging methods to measure the effects of music therapy at a cortical level. A discussion of the implications of these converging foci highlights the benefits of the cross-disciplinary dialogue that characterised the conference.


music therapy, neuro-disability, neuro-imaging, Neuro-plasticity, dementia, stroke, brain injury

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