THE COGNITIVE, PSYCHOLOGICAL, AND SOCIOCULTURAL EFFECTS OF MUSIC ON THE HUMAN WELL-BEING
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractMusic is part of the human experience (Blacking, 1976; Turino, 2008; Cross, 2016; McFerran et al., 2018). It plays a substantial role in our society. It is used to regulate moods, communicate information, give people an outlet to express themselves, and understand art. In this qualitative systematic review, I aim to examine the value and importance of music in the human experience. More specifically, I will evaluate evidence that indicates music improves the human well-being. Articles published from 1956 to 2022 were searched for in Google Scholar and the University of Arizona’s Library database. Through the main search, 201 records were identified and a total of 134 literatures were included and analyzed. The chosen studies aimed to investigate the effects of music on cognitive, psychological, societal, and cultural aspects of the human experience. Results from the review showed that music not only entertains us, but it promotes well-being for individuals at all ages. This review contributes to supporting the benefits of music on the human well-being, as well as music-based interventions to promote the physical, emotional, and social needs of individuals.
Degree ProgramNeuroscience and Cognitive Science