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How and why does music impact human behavior? Each episode we dive into music psychology and music science research from a music therapist's perspective. Come away with practical tips for how you can apply what you learn about music into your everyday life.

Find more information on the research articles and music included in each episode at our website, www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter (@instrumentalpod) and Facebook for the latest news and updates!

17 Episodes
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How can music serve as a social surrogate when we can't directly interact with others? This episode explores how listening to music can serve as a social proxy and provides ideas for how to strengthen your social relationships in the age of social distancing.For more information about the research, resources, and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for news and updates! 
How can the fields of music therapy and music cognition strengthen each other? This episode features a conversation with music therapist Daniel Goldschmidt (@danielnnz) on a wide range of topics about bridging these two disciplines including:What it's like to going to music therapy vs. music cognition conferencesHow Daniel applies music cognition research to his professional practiceWhere music therapy/cognition can easily intersectWhy music therapists need to seek expertise beyond their bubbleFind more information on the research articles and music included in each episode at our website, www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook (@instrumentalpod) for the latest news and updates!Cool people mentioned in this podcast:Jessica Grahn, PhDDavid Huron, PhDBlythe LaGasse, PhD, MT-BCHakeem Leonard, PhD, MT-BCMarisol Norris, PhD Candidate, MT-BCJessica Riley, MM, MT-BCNatasha Thomas, PhD, MT-BCLaural Trainor, PhD, MT-BCLindsay Warrenburg, PhD
This episode features an interview with Jessica Riley, a soon-to-be music therapist who started her career in music neuroscience. We talk about how Jessica first got involved in music science research and how she’s applied her research skills to help children with cochlear implants better hear prosody. In this episode you’ll learn more about what music may sound like for cochlear implant users, a drumming-to-speech paradigm Jessica designed to help with prosody recognition, and the importance of prosody in our everyday communication. Find more information on the research articles and music included in each episode at our website, www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook (@instrumentalpod) for the latest news and updates!Mentioned Resources:Video: Willy Wonka with DrumsJessica Riley’s Thesis Research Poster: HEREFollow Jessica on Twitter: https://twitter.com/urbanfiddle
The Auditory Pathway

The Auditory Pathway

2019-07-2618:34

How do our ears and brains take in and process sound? This episode covers the basics of how we hear starting with sound wave all the way to the primary auditory cortex. Learn how music therapists work with individuals who are hard of hearing and how to protect your own hearing.For more information about the research, resources, and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for news and updates!
How can individual musical elements impact our music listening experiences? This episode is a quick dive into how melody and lyrics in a song impact the emotional intensity of music. Learn how you can make more strategic music choices by becoming mindful of musical elements’ influence in how you perceive music.For more information on the research articles and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter with @instrumentalpod for news and updates!
How do certain songs become intertwined with our personal memories? This episode explores the musical reminiscence bump, how our musical preferences may be influenced by our parents, and the neurologic mechanisms behind music-evoked autobiographical memories. Get ideas for how to use music to frame and reflect on your past experiences. For more information on the research articles and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter (@instrumentalpod) for news and updates!
Does music release dopamine? And how can music be interpreted as a reward? This episode uncovers how reward circuitry in our brain can be activated when we listen to music. Learn how the interactions between music and dopamine contribute to neuroplasticity and how music therapists take advantage of musical rewards for increased motivation. For more information on the research articles and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter (@instrumentalpod) for news and updates!
Congenital Amusia

Congenital Amusia

2018-08-0230:59

Why are some people tone deaf? This episode explores a musical disorder called congenital amusia, in which people have trouble processing the pitch and melodic structures of music. Learn the neurologic disconnect in amusic brains, what amusia can tell us about humans' musical foundations, whether people with amusia can still enjoy music, and how to find out if you may have amusia yourself. For more information on the research articles and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter (@instrumentalpod) for news and updates!
Music and Dying

Music and Dying

2018-07-1233:12

How does music help us deal with death? This episode covers research that gives us insights into how music can lessen death anxiety and then discusses three ways that music is used in hospice care to support individuals at the end of life. Takeaways include resources like the Five Wishes document and ideas for how to start important conversations with your loved ones about death. For more information on the research articles and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter (@instrumentalpod) for news and updates!
Do our musical tastes reflect our personalities? This episode dives into research about how the Big Five personality factors might influence what music we like. Along the way, learn what you may able to know about a person after hearing their favorite music and how to use that knowledge to build more genuine connections with strangers and people you've known your whole life. For more information on the research articles and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter (@instrumentalpod) for news and updates!
Can music impact how we shop? This mini-episode explores how music can unconsciously influence our decisions of what to buy and how much money we spend in retail settings. Get the highlights of how music can impact our associations with products, change how we perceive time, and how to use music for a comfortable shared environment. For more information on the research articles and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter (@instrumentalpod) for news and updates!
How does music impact how we move? Can music help us exercise more efficiently? This episode dives into research that explains what's happening in your spinal cord and brain when you're listening to music during a run or at the gym. This episode features lots of takeaways for when and when not to use music for your workout. For more information on the research articles and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter (@instrumentalpod) for news and updates!
How do babies perceive music? Infants aren't blank musical slates, they're actually pretty sophisticated music listeners. This episode highlights how we're all built to process music from birth, and how this innate musicality helps medically fragile infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Takeaways include tips for parents to share more music with their children. For more information on the research articles and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter (@instrumentalpod) for news and updates!
The Mozart effect has gotten a lot of hype (and criticism) the past few decades...what's the real story? This episode breaks down the research that led to the Mozart effect being debunked. Even though those Mozart baby CDs won't make your baby smarter, we also share the one music activity that has shown to have long-term benefits to cognitive processing. For more information on the research articles and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter (@instrumentalpod) for news and updates!
Music often brings people together whether through dancing, choirs, or bands. How exactly does music help build stronger relationships, even among strangers? This episode dives into research behind musical entrainment and how synchronizing with another person can lead you to act in a more cooperative, helpful way. Check out our website (www.InstrumentalPodcast.com) for more information on the research articles and clips featured in this episode. Follow @instrumentalpod on Twitter for the latest news and updates!
Music's ability to impact our emotions is often taken for granted, but how exactly does music influence our feelings? This episode dives into six ways to answer this question and explores how you can strategically use music for emotion regulation. More information regarding the research article and music clips can be found out our website (www.InstrumentalPodcast.com). Follow @instrumentalpod on Twitter for the latest news and updates!
Instru(mental) Trailer

Instru(mental) Trailer

2018-05-2503:03

The trailer for Instru(mental), a podcast about music and the mind. Listen to dive into music cognition research from a music therapist's perspective and come away with practical takeways to apply what you learned in your daily life.
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