Welcome to a new week! Some interesting stories on music and health came out last week, let's dive in!
This month's issue of AARP Magazine features a story on using music with loved ones for relaxation and anxiety relief. The story begins with a short write-up on music therapy, before detailing various studies on music's effect with people of advanced age. It should be noted that while the article begins with information about music therapy, most of the article focuses on the personal use of music for therapeutic purposes (i.e. - not music therapy, as music therapy is practiced with a board-certified music therapist.)
Trends in education have moved more and more towards group studies, as well as the social application of concepts learned to the world around them. While this is a helpful strategy in making academic concepts applicable to the real world, it can present a problem for children with struggle socially, including children with autism. Author and professor Katharine Beals explores some of the issues and solutions here.
Google's autocomplete function allows searchers to see commonly searched phrases based on what they type into the search box. This is usually quite helpful, but unfortunately it can also bring up hurtful and offensive phrases, brought on by the ignorance of the general public. Such was the case with the phrases "Autistic people are..." and "Autistic people should..." Google's autocomplete brought up hurtful phrases, so a group of bloggers with autism decided to change that by organizing a "flash blog," that is, flooding the internet with positive versions of the phrase with blog posts in order to change the search results. Google responded by acknowledging the problem and vowing to fix it. How's that for advocacy in action?
Interesting study that found that musicians exhibited lower blood pressure and heart-rate than non-musicians. I'll take this to mean that at the end of my work day, I've already exercised and don't need to worry with going to the gym. Science, y'all. I can also only assume the musicians in this study were not currently studying music at a university, because I can assure you that around jury time, no one in the college of music has low heart rate or low blood pressure.
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