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Saturday, March 26, 2005
 
Music strikes chord on coping with pain

JAMES REYNOLDS
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
24 March 2005

MUSIC, be it a Bach symphony or the snarling punk of the Sex Pistols, can relieve pain and lessen anxiety, according to two studies.

The research work, by psychologists at Glasgow Caledonian University, found that people listening to music feel less pain than those who are not and that music can relieve the symptoms of anxiety for patients recovering from surgery.

In one study, 20 people who received minor foot surgery listened to music of their choice as they recovered, while a further 20 who had undergone similar surgery did not.

The patients who had listened to music, regardless of its type, reportedly felt much less anxiety than those who did not.

The second study, which involved inducing pain in volunteers, served to support the first.

From: The Scotsman

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