Verification of Effect of Music and Animal Therapy on Psychiatric Care by using a Nonlinear Analysis of Pulse Waves

Junji Kojima, Mayumi Oyama-Higa

Abstract

This study examines the psychiatric effectiveness of music therapy and animal therapy. Unlike previous research into these modalities, the present study relies on scientifically valid measurements of actual somatic reaction rather than on subjective reports. Earlier work by the current authors defined fluctuation in plethysmogram readings in terms of a Lyapunov exponent derived from activity in the sympathetic nervous system related to the preservation of mental health. Drawing on the previous findings, this study measured changes in the Lyapunov exponent as a function of therapy. Results demonstrated that the Lyapunov exponent reflected the therapeutic effect of these treatments. Specifically, an increase in the lyapunov exponent indicated nerve activation within the sympathetic nervous system. On this basis, the authors recommend that traditional formulation regarding a “healing effect” (i.e., therapeutic benefit) be reconsidered.

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Kojima J. and Oyama-Higa M. (2008). Verification of Effect of Music and Animal Therapy on Psychiatric Care by using a Nonlinear Analysis of Pulse Waves . In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on e-Health Services and Technologies - Volume 1: EHST, (ICSOFT 2008) ISBN 978-989-8111-56-2, pages 15-24. DOI: 10.5220/0001881000150024


in Bibtex Style

@conference{ehst08,
author={Junji Kojima and Mayumi Oyama-Higa},
title={Verification of Effect of Music and Animal Therapy on Psychiatric Care by using a Nonlinear Analysis of Pulse Waves},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on e-Health Services and Technologies - Volume 1: EHST, (ICSOFT 2008)},
year={2008},
pages={15-24},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001881000150024},
isbn={978-989-8111-56-2},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on e-Health Services and Technologies - Volume 1: EHST, (ICSOFT 2008)
TI - Verification of Effect of Music and Animal Therapy on Psychiatric Care by using a Nonlinear Analysis of Pulse Waves
SN - 978-989-8111-56-2
AU - Kojima J.
AU - Oyama-Higa M.
PY - 2008
SP - 15
EP - 24
DO - 10.5220/0001881000150024