We’ve Got the Beat: Music Therapy and Entrainment

April 19, 2018 – Presenter: Jennifer Townsend, MMT, MT-BC
Entrainment is a physics term that is used to explain that two objects moving together use less energy than two objects moving in opposite directions. It is the phenomenon that can be seen when two grandfather clocks are left in the same room together and over time the pendulums swing in unison. This lecture will describe the principles of rhythmic entrainment, discuss how an increased awareness of rhythmic entrainment has changed our understanding of the auditory system and time perception, detail the neural basis for entrainment and show video examples of clinical applications of rhythmic entrainment in NICU, neurologic recovery, coma recovery, and mood modulation for psychiatric patients.