• Music Psychology

    Music to help Parkinson’s

    Parkinson’s UK in collaboration with the British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences (BASES) have produced a simple and effective infographic summarising the multiple benefits of musical experiences and therapies for people living with Parkinson’s Disease. This infographic is supported by a growing number of empirical studies. It is backed by a short expert statement on the uses of music for Parkinson’s Disease authored by 11 academics and clinicians in the field, including my good friend Dr Dawn Rose. The statement begins with the quote: “Music makes me feel free; it makes me feel normal, like I was a puppet with my strings messed-up, and suddenly they’ve all been untangled.”…

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  • Music Psychology

    Do reviews matter?

    FOLLOW THIS LINK TO TAKE PART IN A STUDY ON THE IMPACTS OF REVIEWS In 2018 the Guardian newspaper (UK) ended its contract with Lyn Gardner, its theatre critic of 23 years, and the ‘last reliable mainstream chronicler of contemporary British theatre’. The newspaper wrote: Cultural criticism in its traditional form is dying. It is being replaced by something entirely different: the internet phenomenon known as “fandom”. For many, this event symbolised a worrying trend; the disappearance of professional arts criticism from mainstream media. This was blamed on the influx of peer to peer and non-professional reviews in the online realm. Online word of mouth (OWOM) exists for just about…

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