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Clin Med. 2009 Feb;9(1):83-6.

Music and madness: neuropsychiatric aspects of music.

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  • 1Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Amedeo Avogadro University, Novara, Italy.


Music has soothed the souls of human beings for centuries and it has helped people recover from ailments since ancient times. Today, there is still a widespread interest in the relationship between music, affect and mental illness. This article is aimed at reviewing these complex relationships, starting from a wide perspective on the neurobiology of emotions, perceptions and music language to a detailed analysis of psychopathology in famous musicians.

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