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Music as medicine: how songs could soon replace painkillers and help you sleep better

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Karanam showed Ahtisaari that there was an increasing body of evidence based on imaging studies that showed what happens to the brain when exposed to music. “The music group used one-third of the amount of morphine in comparison to a control group who didn’t listen to music,” Ahtisaari says.

To Ahtisaari, the idea that music could be used as medicine seemed like one to take seriously, and, in the summer of 2015, along with Karanam and Yadid Ayzenberg, who did research on sensor generated big data at the MIT media lab, he started the Sync Project to do just that.

“Ultimately, we will be applying machine learning to curate personalised music therapeutic interventions for a particular health outcome,” Ahtisaari says. The other type of music therapeutic that Ahtisaari envisions revolves around generative music. Want to know more? In anticipation of this year’s WIRED Health conference in London, the Sync Project is announcing an AI music experiment to improve sleep.

Anyone interested in relaxation and better sleep with the help of music can participate for free using their smartphone at unwind.


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