Take Two Aspirin and the Moonlight Sonata

Laura Mitchell

Abstract

Music in medicine is known to be a feature of many different historical periods and cultures. But with a rise in interest amongst both sufferers and practitioners in alternative therapies to alleviate pain, the ability of music to affect pain perception is provoking increasing research interest. This article reviews existing 'audioanalgesia' research. It is concluded that, although positive conclusions are suggested by many of the growing number of studies in this area, increased awareness of the range of previous work and the resulting ability to replicate and build on past studies will ensure that future research is conducted utilizing improved methodological methods. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)