AI-Based Music Therapy and Relaxation
AI-based music therapy, relaxation techniques and other therapies may be able to help people with mental or physical illness. Researchers are exploring a new universe of “functional sound” using technology that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to create playlists for stress reduction. A study has shown that Mozart’s sonatas can decrease seizures-inducing neural activity.
Mozart sonata reduces neural activity that leads to seizures
Numerous studies have demonstrated that Mozart Sonata For Two Pianos (K 448) reduces epileptic discharges among epilepsy patients. The piece, which was written in 1781, can be used to calm epileptic brains and prevent seizures in medication-resistant patients.
The Krembil Brain institute, which is part of University Health Network Toronto, discovered that Mozart K448 decreased epileptic seizures-related electrical activity. The study found a 32% reduction in epileptiform discharges, which can cause seizures.
A second study showed that Mozart’s K448 music was better than relaxing instructions. For an hour the music was played once every 10 minutes, while relaxation instructions were repeated every 30 minutes. The patients kept seizure diaries, and the researchers compared the music to the control.
Researchers also studied the effects of the K448, a Mozart piano concerto No 23 in A Major, and a Mozart sonata C major. The Mozart music was listened to by all but one of the cohorts. They had a decreased number of seizures. Researchers found that general discharges were decreased by listening to Mozart music, while the epilepsy-centric activity was reduced by the piano concerto number 23.
Researchers at Dartmouth are also looking into the effect of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D major. The original study of this piece took place in early 1990s. It has since been extensively used by the medical science community in a number of studies. It was also shown to be effective in an eight-year-old girl with epilepsy.
A second study looked at the effects of Mozart on pop and classical music. The novelty of Mozart pieces was the focus for researchers who analysed hundreds of musical compositions. They found that the Mozart piece had long-term periodicity, and had a high degree of acoustic regularity. The music also displayed more prominent acoustic characteristics. Both men and women found the music to reduce epileptic brain activity.
A study on Mozart’s sonata revealed that the music reduced seizures in Lennox-Gastaut patient. This neurological disorder is characterized by epileptiform brain waves or discharges. Study results showed that music has an impact on the left and right frontal cortexes which play a role in emotion responses.
MediMusic makes playlists using artificial intelligence and machine-learning.
Using machine learning and artificial intelligence, MediMusic has created a platform to create personalised playlists for music therapy and relaxation. Patients have reported a reduction in anxiety and heart beat with these algorithms.
The technology can be used in hospitals, care homes and dental surgeries to help manage chronic pain and ease anxiety. MediMusic’s technology can also be used before operations. This could reduce medication required to treat stress and pain.
The Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is conducting a MediMusic trial, where 40 NHS employees are participating. This trial is intended to determine if music can reduce stress among nurses and doctors in critical care.
The company has designed an app to help to compile a playlist based on psychological science, sociological research and music streaming services. The app then creates a 20-minute playlist of music which is designed to help reduce anxiety and stress. MediMusic measures the physiological effects of music using a heart monitor.
An AI platform is also used by the company, which analyzes songs to determine their musical properties and gives them a “vibe score”. The platform then requests feedback from the user. This feedback allows the platform to adjust the musical selection on the fly.
MediMusic’s algorithm is effective in reducing stress levels and blood pressure for dementia patients. The algorithm can generate a personalised playlist of 400 songs that are designed to have a measurable effect on the patient.
MediMusic has also created a streaming device called MediBeat, which streams a personalised music package to patients via headphones. MediBeat is a streaming device that helps patients relax and combat anxiety. It also improves quality of their lives. It could also be used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as for chronic pain.
MediMusic, a UK-based tech startup in the health sector is MediMusic. MediMusic’s goal is to help patients feel less stressed and anxious by using science-based research. It plans to also launch the company in the United States.
Calm and Endel are exploring a new universe of “functional sound”
Endel, a startup that has raised $7.5million to develop a technology that can help you find your Zen, was founded earlier this year. Endel claims its “secret algorithm” will allow you to make the most appropriate music selections for yourself and your family. Customers can also get an affordable music subscription from the company. The beta version of the company’s music subscription is free for those who don’t have it yet. It will become available in the US starting in 2016. Aside from music, the company’s tech savvy staff can help you with home decorating and even your pet’s health. A plethora of perks awaits you in their shiny new headquarters.
The company has received funding from a recent round that will allow them to keep their research into cutting-edge technologies and artificial intelligence. With its patents in the bag, the company plans to re-invent the music experience for the better. The company has more than 100 music composers from many genres. They are ready to make the music experience more fun and more productive for everyone. The company is also putting a large emphasis on the quality of sound in your living room, bedroom or office. In fact, the company is launching its first ever Music Residency program for aspiring composers and musicians. The program is designed to help newcomers get a leg up on the competition. In the future, there will be a few free concerts.
The company currently has a handful of its experiments under way in Brooklyn. They also have an office in Washington, DC, where a small team of technologists are busy researching the best ways to help you and your loved ones get the most out of your music experience.
Effect of number of sessions on stress-related outcomes
Hypervigilance, altered connectivity between amygdalae, and hippocampus are hallmarks of PTSD (or post-traumatic stress disorder). This affects ICU survivors’ ability to function, and their quality of living.
Music has been found to reduce PTSD symptoms. For example, a naturalistic study of 102 women with complex PTSD found that guided imaginary and classical music reduced symptoms of extreme stress. This music also helped with interpersonal issues and improved sleep quality.
Music can increase the effectiveness of the hippocampus, which is important in the regulation of stress responses. Music can also stimulate neuroplasticity, and even neurogenesis. The HPA axis is the brain’s fighting-or-flight response. Music can help balance it. Music may also be used to stimulate communication between amygdalae. This is an important aspect of PTSD symptomatology.
Music can also be used to reduce depression and anxiety. Research has also shown that music can reduce symptoms of dissociation. It is possible to use music after ICU discharges to increase psychological adaptability. In one study, music guided relaxation led to a reduction in depression and anxiety, as well as an improvement in sleep quality.
Studies involving music therapists have shown high levels of participant satisfaction. However, studies involving music-based interventions are highly variable. Several studies involved self-selected music, while others involved experimenter-selected music. A systematic review also found higher rates of dropout in music that was selected for research.
Music-based interventions are cost effective, according to research. It is not possible to compare all studies. You need to take into account the level of music intervention and the number of patients involved. Future studies should also be focused on the neurobiological benefits of music. In the meantime, it is possible to gain insight into music’s therapeutic properties and guide more structured use of music for therapy.
In this study, eligible participants will be randomized into three groups. They will receive either no intervention, a cognitive intervention, or music therapy. All participants will provide informed consent. The two groups in each arm will complete outcome measures at three sessions. The TMT group will be exposed to a set of music and will listen to it for four 30-minute sessions per week. Music therapy will be provided to the AIT group between pre- and post-test sessions.