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.
Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 623-635 / Springer: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10865-004-0006-9
|BENEFIT:||Wellbeing, health, reduced stress|
|TYPE OF STUDY:||Academic research|
|PERIOD OF STUDY:||2 weeks|