A Polyphony of Dimensions: Music, Pain, and Aesthetic Perception

Susanne Metzner

Abstract


The article addresses the phenomenon of pain and the music therapeutic treatment of pain, with consideration of the involved functional and representational brain functions and its connected epistemological problems. A 2-fold description of the therapeu- tic process is presented whereby a transmodal process linking affective–sensory pain with audio music experience and an assign- ment of musical symbols to pain lead to a modification of the pain experience. A theory of aesthetic perception serves as the framework and as a platform for interdisciplinary discussion.


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by The International Association for Music & Medicine