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Music, Health, and Wellbeing$
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Raymond MacDonald, Gunter Kreutz, and Laura Mitchell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199586974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.001.0001

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The Effects of Background Music on Health and Wellbeing

The Effects of Background Music on Health and Wellbeing

Chapter 32 The Effects of Background Music on Health and Wellbeing
Music, Health, and Wellbeing

Susan Hallam

Oxford University Press

There is a large body of literature devoted to examining the effects of music on behaviour and cognition, driven by a desire to understand the effect of playing music on the performance of an ongoing task, e.g., studying, driving, exercising, shopping, or eating. In this sense, background music can be defined as the act of music being played when the music itself is not the main focus for attention. This chapter presents evidence regarding the effects of background music defined in these terms on behaviour and cognition, and draws conclusions with regard to the subsequent impact on general health and wellbeing.

Keywords:   background music, behaviour, cognition, music listening

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