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When people sing in a choir, their heart rhythms rise and fall correspondingly. This is the focus of the cross-disciplinary research project BodyScore at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

The effects of choir singing on health and well-being has been widely attested to, but the area has barely been studied scientifically. In BodyScore researchers within medicine and musicology investigate how music biologically affects our bodies and our health. The purpose is to find new forms where music can be used for medicinal purposes, primarily within rehabilitation and preventive medicine. A working hypothesis is that singing stimulates calm, regular breathing which affects heart variability and paves the way for long-term positive health effects.

Project manager: Björn Vickhoff
Web site: aic.gu.se/english/Research+and+Personnel/research-projects/bodyscore/


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Centre for Culture and Health

Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Page Manager: Lovisa Aijmer|Last update: 3/31/2014

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