Singing can help the immune system and improve mood

SUMMARY:

This research was conducted by Gunter Kreutz, Stephan Bongard, Sonja Rohrmann, Volker Hodapp and Dorothee Grebe at Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany (now at the University of Oldenburg, Germany). The research compared the levels of immunoglobulin A (S-IgA), cortisol and emotional states of people after they had participated in a choir practice with when they had simply listened to choral music.

The research found that (compared to listening) those engaged in group singing increased their positive mood and levels of S-IgA. Since depletion of S-IgA is associated with tiring and stressful states, and S-IgA is crucial ‘as the body’s first line of defence against bacterial and viral infections of the upper respiratory pathway’ this means that if music enhances S-IgA levels then it could be an important means of relieving stress and improving health.

SOURCES:

CultureCase: http://www.culturecase.org/research/2014/04/singing-can-help-the-immune-system-and-improve-mood/

Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 623-635 / Springer: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10865-004-0006-9

DETAILS:

BENEFIT: Wellbeing, health, reduced stress
TARGET GROUP: Adults
AGE: 29-74 years
MUSIC TYPE: Choir
TYPE OF STUDY: Academic research
NOs INVOLVED: 31
PERIOD OF STUDY: 2 weeks
DATE: 2004
PLACE: Germany

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