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Banging the drum: evolutionary and cultural origins of music and its implications for psychiatry

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posted on 2023-06-21, 08:03 authored by Gerry Rafferty, Gurjot BrarGurjot Brar, Mara Petrut, DAVID MEAGHERDAVID MEAGHER, Henry O'Connell

There is growing interest in music-based therapies for mental/ behavioural disorders. We begin by reviewing the evolutionary and cultural origins of music, proceeding then to discuss the principles of evolutionary psychiatry, itself a growing a field, and how it may apply to music. Finally we offer some implications for the role of music and music-based therapies in clinical practice. 



BJPsych Bulletin pp.1-4


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