Changing my career from a full time non-profit accountant and software trainer to a therapeutic musician eight years ago has been a huge positive influence on my good health and well-being. I enjoyed studying to become a Certified Clinical Musician and keep up with the latest research on music not only for patients but also for the therapeutic musician.
A recent collaborative research study on highly empathic people and music found evidence supporting a neural account of the music-empathy connection. Also, it is among the first to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to explore how empathy affects the way we perceive music.
"Those who deeply grasp the pain or joy of other people and display “higher empathic concern” process music differently in their brains, according to a new study by researchers at Southern Methodist University and UCLA. Their paper, “Neurophysiological Effects of Trait Empathy in Music Listening,” was recently published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience."