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Moving ahead with music as medicine

The Sync Project announced the launch of its platform to harness music in the interest of improving health.

Their software scientifically maps the characteristics of different harmonies, qualifying real-time biometrics and classifying objective measurements of physiology.

With their platform, they hope to study the therapeutic effect of music in large populations, helping scientists, technologists and healthcare professionals develop clinical applications for it.

“People have always responded to music. Not just emotionally, but biologically,” says Alexis Kopikis, Co-founder and CEO of The Sync Project. “Research has shown that music has a profound effect on the human brain.”

Research from McGill University suggests music is capable of moderating neural systems such as inducing the release of pleasure-enhancing hormone dopamine in the brain.

According to the team from Sync parent company PureTech, it is just one of a multitude of studies suggesting music has beneficial effects in the domain of mental health and against physical conditions such as pain and fatigue.

“The Sync Project gives us the potential to combine advancements in the understanding of musical attributes with the explosion of health data from devices,” says Tristan Jehan, Founding CTO of The Echo Nest (Spotify) and advisor to The Sync Project.

The new platform aims to provide more dependable data enabling researchers to run more diverse studies.

“The ability to use machine learning to actually pinpoint the therapeutic effect of music and potentially have an impact on millions of people is tremendously exciting,” says Jehan.

The 2013 study from McGill is available here. – AFP/Relaxnews

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