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


  • Susanne Metzner Prof. Dr. sc. mus.




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.

Author Biography

Susanne Metzner, Prof. Dr. sc. mus.

Susanne Metzner, Prof. Dr. sc. mus., is a professor for music therapy at the University of Applied Sciences in Magdeburg, Germany, and is the head of the 2 MA Programmes Methods of Music Therapeutic Research and Practice and Interdisciplinary Therapy in Mental Health Care. She has specialized in the area of psychoanalytical music therapy as well as music therapeutic management of pain, integrating neurophysiologic research and modern philosophical approaches.




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