Research report 2022 - Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

Music engagement and mental health

Mosing, Miriam; Wesseldijk, Laura; Ullén, Fredrik
Abteilung Kognitive Neuropsychologie
Is music beneficial for our mental health? The association between music engagement and mental health is more complex than we think. Intuitively, people commonly believe that playing music is good for their mental health, yet depression and anxiety are more common among musicians than non-players. We have investigated the relationship between music and mental health, taking into account genetic and familial factors that influence both musicianship and mental health problems and testing causal relationships.

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