Music and well-being

While there is a large amount of literature on the use of music therapeutically and an even larger experimental literature on the effect of music on emotions, relatively little has explored the role of music in well-being in naturalistic settings.

While there is a large amount of literature on the use of music therapeutically and an even larger experimental literature on the effect of music on emotions, relatively little has explored the role of music in well-being in naturalistic settings.

Our approach to understanding the effects of music on well-being is not so much to identify general principals from laboratory research using music that the participant has never heard before but, rather, to explore how people use music naturally and spontaneously.

We have done this in studies, for example, where we ask people to listen to whatever music they want to listen to as well as exploring the effects of songwriting on songwriters.

Current projects

  • The use of music to enhance the effect of visualisation on increasing people’s ability to self soothe
  • 2-year longitudinal study on songwriting and changes in well-being

Research leader

To find out more about this research, please email Dr Troop.